Rob Lowe’s heading back to the White House.
The former West Wing actor will play U.S. president John F. Kennedy in the upcoming National Geographic Channel (NGC) factual drama Killing Kennedy, produced by Scott Free Productions.
Lowe, who recently provided narration for the National Geographic Channel miniseries The 80s: The Decade that Made Us, will be joined by Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time, Walk the Line), cast as Jackie Kennedy; and Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gossip Girl), who will play Marina Oswald. Casting for the role of Lee Harvey Oswald has not yet been announced.
The two-hour production, set to air on NGC later this year and globally across 171 countries in time for the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, is based on the best-selling book from Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. It marks the second NGC/Scott Free adaptation of a book from O’Reilly and Dugard, with the first, Killing Lincoln, setting ratings records for the net in February. A third, for the book Killing Jesus, is also in the cards.
“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 Channels, in a statement. “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.”
Killing Kennedy will begin production in Richmond, Virginia next month, and will be helmed by Nelson McCormick (The West Wing, The Closer). Executive producing for Scott Free Productions are David Zucker and Mary Lisio; while for National Geographic Channels, executive producers are Howard T. Owens, Noel Siegel, Charlie Parsons, Richard E. Wells and Teri Weinberg.
NGC’s Owens will be discussing the success of Killing Lincoln and other topics during a special In Conversation session with Access Hollywood‘s Billy Bush, slated for the upcoming Realscreen West conference in Santa Monica on June 5.