August 25, 2005

Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore targeting Kennedy pic

By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Anthony Hopkins is set
to star in "Bobby," Emilio Estevez's passion project about the
assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Demi Moore is in
negotiations to join the cast.

Part fact and part fiction, the ensemble film chronicles
the intertwining lives of a grand cast of characters, all of
whom are present at Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel in the hours
leading up to Kennedy's assassination. Hopkins will be the
hotel's doorman, and Moore will portray a lounge singer.

The movie hopes to touch upon racial stereotypes, class
differences and sexual inequality in its story lines.

"My intention with 'Bobby' is not to make a political
picture, although the 1968 California primary figures
prominently in the story," Estevez said. "The film is about
being at critical mass -- critical mass in relationships or
between race, and the hotel and the characters under its roof
serve as a microcosm for what was happening in the country
during that time. The entire country was experiencing critical
mass. Culturally, we all unraveled after that tragic night on
June 5. And now, 37 years later, our country has reached
critical mass once again."

An October 25 start date is being eyed, with a budget of
less than $10 million.

With the real Ambassador now closed for demolition, the
production hopes to re-create the historic hotel on soundstages
and possibly use the Biltmore Hotel as a location.

The castings see Hopkins reuniting with Estevez, with whom
he worked on 1992's "Freejack." Moore and Estevez, longtime
friends and members of the '80s Brat Pack, acted together in
1985's "St. Elmo's Fire" and 1986's "Wisdom." Estevez wrote and
directed the latter.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter