Reelz’s The Kennedys follow-up After Camelot is continuing to build its cast.
Brett Donahue has been cast in the four-hour miniseries from Canadian production company Muse Entertainment as John F. Kennedy Jr, TVWise has learned.
As the son of JFK and Jackie Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr. was only three years old when his dad was assassinated. JFK Jr. grew up surrounded by Secret Service and faced his teen and young adult years with paparazzi and intense public interest in everything he did.
Donahue’s casting as John F. Kennedy Jr comes after producers conducted an international talent search, looking for the right actor to play the part. “Our casting team looked at dozens of young actors for this iconic role before we landed on Brett Donahue—whose final audition was absolutely riveting”, said Muse Entertainment CEO Michael Prupas.
“We’re thrilled to introduce Brett Donahue in the role of John F. Kennedy Jr.,” said Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of Reelz. “Brett completes an outstanding cast as he steps into portray such a well known and respected person. We are thrilled with the fit and we’re proud to bring this story to life for our viewers.”
This mark’s Donahue’s most significant role to date, with his previous credits including the Nickelodeon series The Other Kingdom; as well as guest stints on Suits, Beauty & The Beast and Reign. He is the latest addition to a cast which also includes Matthew Perry (The West Wing) as Ted Kennedy, Alexander Siddig (24) as Ari Onassis and Kristen Hager as Joan Kennedy. Katie Holmes, Diana Hardcastle and Kristin Booth are also on-board to reprise their roles from The Kennedys as Jackie Kennedy, Rose Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy, respectively.
Based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s book After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present, The Kennedys: After Camelot will pick up from the assassination of RFK in 1968 and continue to tell the on-going saga of America’s most famous and controversial family. The scripts are being penned by Stephen Kronish and Sandra Chwialkowska. Katie Holmes and Jon Cassar are on-board the direct the four-part mini and will also serve as executive producers alongside Keri Selig, Michael Prupas, Matthew Perry, Stephen Kronish, J. Randy Taraborrelli, Evan Tussman, Irene Litinsky, Jonas Prupas, Stan E. Hubbard, Jonathan Koch and Steve Michaels.