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Nikolaj Arcel Joins Matt Damon’s Robert F. Kennedy Biopic

July 20, 2017

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Robert F. Kennedy’s upcoming biopic RFK starring Matt Damon seems to be moving forward as Nikolaj Arcel has joined the project to direct.

Set at Warner Bros. Pictures, Arcel will direct from a script he co-wrote with Rasmus Heisterberg and Felipe Marino. Damon will produce with Jennifer TOdd and Drew Vinton.

Kennedy ran the successful 1960 presidential campaign for his brother, John F. Kennedy and served as U.S. Attorney General and top adviser to his brother between 1961 and 1963. He remained in the post for President Lyndon B. Johnson for several months after his brother’s assassination, and then resigned to run for the U.S. Senator, representing New York.

Kennedy served until his assassination in June 1968, while seeking the Democratic presidential nomination on a platform of ending the US involvement in the Vietnam War.

Production is expected to begin next year.

Arcel is a native from Copenhagen and came to the attention in 2009 after writing the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He went on to write and direct 2012’s A Royal Affair, starring Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. His next film The Dark Tower set up at Sony, based on Stephen King’s novel and starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey,  hits theaters on August 4.

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