Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy, granddaughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, has decided to break away from the family business and head to Hollywood. According to the New York Post, the 23-year-old recent college graduate has been cast in Aaron Sorkin’s latest HBO pilot. The show, entitled “More as This Story Develops,” will be a behind-the-scenes view of the world cable news. Kennedy will star alongside a solid cast of A-listers including Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Olivia Munn and Dev Patel of “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Kennedy, a recent graduate of Stanford University, has been studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. This is the first major role for the budding actress, but she’s not the first member of her family to favor acting over politics. Kennedy’s great-grandfather, Joseph P. Kennedy, was a prominent figure in Tinsletown in the 1960s. He formed RKO Pictures, a ‘Big Five’ studio in Hollywood’s Golden Age. (Lindsay Lohan’s mother to be on ‘Dancing with the Stars’?)
The future star also garnered advice from her father, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s new girlfriend, Cheryl Hines. The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star has reportedly been “escorting Kick around LA to meet casting agents and producers.”
Fortunately for Kick, her first job is expected to be a surefire hit. Sorkin, who created the acclaimed series, ” The West Wing,” told TV Guide he wants to portray the cynical edge of cable news.
“It’ll be aspirational. It’ll be wish fulfillment. In other words, it’s not going to be a fantasy. They’re going to be trying to do well in a context where it’s very difficult to do well when there are commercial concerns and political concerns and corporate concerns,” Sorkin said.
The series is set to begin filming this fall.