Elijah Wood’s trademark blue eyes have glimpsed the wonders of Middle Earth (the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy), the destructive power of the universe (“Deep Impact”) and the graphic manifestation of a comic book come to life (“Sin City”). Next he’ll be focusing them on one of the most tragically memorable events in the history of U.S. politics.
“It’s a film called ’Bobby,’ ” Wood revealed of the project. “It’s about the day that Robert Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel, and it takes place at the Ambassador. It’s essentially about a cross-section of various people from all walks of life, at that hotel on that day, all leading up to his speech and him being assassinated.”
The former Frodo Baggins will join the previously cast Anthony Hopkins and possibly Demi Moore, who’s in negotiations. With writer/director/star Emilio Estevez hoping to shoot the film before the historic Los Angeles hotel is demolished later this year, production is expected to commence on location at the beginning of October.
Much along the lines of historical blockbuster “Titanic,” Estevez’s passion project portrays a collection of fictionalized characters whose lives intersect during one of the most shocking events of the 20th century. U.S. Senator Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968 a mere five years after his brother, was largely considered to be the frontrunner for the presidency himself.
“I’ll play a character who is getting married to a woman to avoid the draft,” Wood said of his part, adding that his character will portray one of 22 people present that night at the Ambassador. “Ultimately they fall in love with each other, but at first it’s only out of practicality.”
Hopkins is slated to play the hotel’s doorman, while Moore is considering the role of a lounge singer. More casting announcements are anticipated over the next several weeks.
The 24-year-old Wood will also be seen this fall in the dramas “Everything Is Illuminated” and “Green Street Hooligans.”
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