Chris Pine is going from James T. Kirk to Robert F. Kennedy: The Star Trekactor will star in a limited series based on the assassinated senator’s life, our sister site Deadline reports.
Now in development at Hulu, the as-yet-untitled project will use Larry Tye’s biography Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon as its source material. Pine will play RFK, attorney general to his brother, President John F. Kennedy, who later served as a senator from New York and who was killed in 1968 during his presidential campaign.
Robert F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy
Portrait of American politician and US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968), 1960. (Photo by Photoquest/Getty Images)
SEP 27 1961, 10-5-1961 Kennedy, Robert F. - Individuals. Credit: Denver Post (Denver Post via Getty Images)
Senator John F. Kennedy, front running candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination, stands with his brother and campaign manager Robert Kennedy while in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
(Original Caption) 3/16/1968-Washington, DC- In the Senate Caucus Room today, Senator Robert Kennedy announces that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination. He made the announcement in the same room in which his brother, the then Senator John F. Kennedy, announced candidacy for the Presidency in 1960.
Portrait of American politician US Attorney General (and later New York Senator) Robert F. Kennedy (1925 -1968), early to mid 1960s. (Photo by Weegee(Arthur Fellig)/International Center of Photography/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 16: December 16, 1960. John Fitzgerald KENNEDY, who has just been elected president of the United States, holds a press conference to announce the nomination of his brother Robert KENNEDY as Attorney General (equivalent to the Minister of Justice in France.) (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) U. S. Senator elect Robert F. Kennedy, had reached the first plateau in what many politicians predicted would be a climb to the presidency. Kennedy, in his first try for an elective office, defeated incumbent Senator Kenneth Keating by about 1/2 million votes. Kennedy told his supporters: 'We started something in 1960 (with the election of his brother John as President), and the vote was an overwhelming mandate to continue.'
Robert F. Kennedy campaigns for his brother, Democratic Presidential candidate Senator John F. Kennedy. He discusses election issues with tailor Isidor Lutnick during a tour of the Bronx.
(Original Caption) Robert Kennedy, brother of the President-elect, is congratulated by Senator John McClellan, (D-Ark.), after his nomination to be Attorney General was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator McClellan and Bob Kennedy worked together as Chairman and Chief Counsel of the old Senate Rackets Committee.
May 1961: American politician Robert F Kennedy (1925 - 1968) talks on the telephone in his office at the Justice Department, Washington, DC. (Photo by New York Times Co./Getty Images)
President Kennedy and his brothers, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy. White House, outside Oval Office. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Attorney general Robert F. Kennedy testified before the Senate Commerce Committee today on the Administration's civil rights bill. He said he opposed any changes in the bill that would water down the proposed ban on discrimination in public accommodations.
Robert F. Kennedy has confirmed reports that he will resign soon as Chief Counsel for the Senate Labor Rackets Investigating Committee. He is shown at the Rackets Committee hearing today. The younger Kennedy is expected to play a major role in his brother John's campaign to win the 1960 Democratic nomination for President.
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Damages and Bloodline co-creator Todd E. Kessler will write the adaptation and will executive-produce with Pine, Tye and others. Sony Pictures TV Studios and Overbrook Entertainment will produce.
Hulu dealt with John F. Kennedy’s death — albeit in fictional form — in its 2016 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel 11.22.63.
Pine’s most recent TV gigs include Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later and Angie Tribeca; his latest big-screen projects include Wonder Woman, the Star Trek films and the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time. The Hulu drama news follows the announcement of Pine’s involvement in One Day She’ll Darken, TNT’s limited series based on 1947’s “Black Dahlia” murder, directed by Wonder Woman helmer Patty Jenkins.