Chris Pine is set to star as late politician Robert F. Kennedy in a new limited series for Hulu. Despite his continually youthful appearance, the now 37-year-old Pine has already played several iconic characters in the realm of pop culture. The role he’s most famous for is probably James T. Kirk in the rebooted Star Trek movies, but Pine also of course recently played Wonder Woman’s love interest Steve Trevor in that DC Extended Universe hit (as well as prolific literary and film hero Jack Ryan, back in 2014’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit).
For his newest role though, Pine won’t be playing a well-known fictional character, but instead step into the shoes of an American political icon that infamously died too soon, that being Robert F. Kennedy. A member of the legendary Kennedy family, Robert – or Bobby as he was often called – was the younger brother of John F. Kennedy, the 35th U.S. president. Bobby served as his brother’s attorney general, and remained in that post for awhile even after John was assassinated.
RFK then moved on to become a U.S. senator from the state of New York, before being assassinated himself during the early days of his own presidential campaign in 1968. According to THR, Hulu’s upcoming as-yet untitled limited series featuring Pine as Kennedy is based on author Larry Tye’s 2016 RFK biography, titled Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon. Todd E. Kessler – co-creator of Netflix’s Bloodline – is set to executive produce the series, alongside star Pine and author Tye.
Pine joins an eclectic list of actors to have played Bobby Kennedy in the past, including names like Martin Sheen, Andrew McCarthy, Jeffrey Donovan, Peter Sarsgaard, and even a very young Casey Affleck. RFK hasn’t been played on-screen quite as many times as his older brother, but the number isn’t quite as far off as one might imagine.
Tye’s book covered Kennedy’s life from the beginning of his political career to the tragic end, but it’s unclear at the moment whether Hulu’s series would cover his entire career as well, or instead opt to focus in on a more specific time period. It also remains to be seen how the show will balance telling the story of RFK the human being vs. RFK the public figure.
Hulu’s Robert F. Kennedy limited series doesn’t have an official premiere date yet.
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