Rob Lowe, Ginnifer Goodwin and Michelle Trachtenberg have joined the cast of the National Geographic channel’s upcoming TV movie Killing Kennedy. Lowe has been cast as President John F. Kennedy, Goodwin as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald. Production on the two-hour TV Movie is slated to commence next month, with National Geographic eyeing a November 2013 premiere.
The spiritual successor to last year’s Killing Lincoln, this drama is based on book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard and follows both Kennedy and Oswald during the key events leading to that fateful day on November 22nd 1963. Killing Kennedy opens in 1959, at major turning points for both the future president and his assassin. John F. Kennedy is in Washington, D.C., announcing his presidential candidacy, while Lee Harvey Oswald finds himself in the U.S. embassy in Moscow, renouncing his U.S. citizenship. These two events start both men, one a member of one of the United States’ most wealthy and powerful families, the other a disillusioned former Marine and Marxist, on a cataclysmic track that would alter the course of history Throughout we see their highs and lows, culminating in not one but two shocking deaths that stunned the nation. Scott Free Production is producing the drama, which was adapted by Kelly Masterson. Nelson McCormick (The West Wing) is directing, with David Zucker, Mary Lisio, Howard T. Owens, Noel Siegel, Charlie Parsons, Richard E. Wells and Teri Weinberg serving as executive producers.
“We are thrilled to be working with Rob Lowe, Ginnifer Goodwin and Michelle Trachtenberg, three gifted artists whom have responded to this timely, authentic and entertaining material,” said Howard T. Owens, President of the National Geographic Channel. “With Killing Kennedy, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, National Geographic Channel continues to bring daring, culturally significant television events to our growing global audience.”