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Michael Stahl-David Cast as Bobby Kennedy in Rob Reiner’s ‘LBJ’

Michael Stahl-David will play Bobby Kennedy in Rob Reiner’s upcoming Lyndon B. Johnson movie “LBJ,” starring Woody Harrelson.

Bill Pullman has been cast as Ralph Yarborough and Kim Allen will portray Jackie Kennedy.

Reiner will direct from a script by Joey Hartstone, which follows Johnson’s ascension from the poor hill country of West Texas to the corridors of power in Washington. He was thrust into the presidency by the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy and signed civil rights legislation banning racial discrimination in public facilities, the workplace and housing.

Bobby Kennedy was the U.S. Attorney General at the time and his brother’s closest adviser. Nine months after the president’s death, he resigned from the Cabinet in order to run for the U.S. Senate.

Bobby Kennedy became an opponent of Johnson’s Vietnam War policies and began running for president on that platform in 1968. When Johnson withdrew from the campaign, Kennedy emerged as a frontrunner for the Democratic nomination before he was assassinated in June, 1968, in Los Angeles.

Stahl-David is best known for “Cloverfield” and HBO’s “Show Me a Hero.”

LBJ” is produced by Acacia Entertainment, Savvy Media Holdings, Castle Rock Entertainment and Star Thrower Entertainment. Producers are Reiner, Matthew George, Liz Glotzer, Michael R. Williams, Tim White and Trevor White.

Executive producers include Martin Shafer, Elizabeth A. Bell, Danny Roth, Damiano Tucci, Michael Tadross Jr., Chris Conover and Julie May. Voltage Pictures is handling international sales and CAA is handling North America.

Filming will begin soon in New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, D.C.

Stahl-David is repped by ICM Partners and Greenlight Management. News about Stahl-David was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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