While the assassination of former US President John F. Kennedy in 1963 is a moment which as been used countless times by many productions in the fields of cinema, documentaries, and TV shows, and it appears as though there is still plenty more adaptations on the subject to come, with the newest likely to coincide with its 50th anniversary.
The TV movie Killing Kennedy, a project commissioned by National Geographic, is adapted from a non-fiction book on the Kennedy assassination by political TV presenter Bill O’Reilly. This film, due to begin production in Richmond (Virginia, USA) in June, has already appointed its leading cast members, with Rob Lowe playing the titular president, while Ginnifer Goodwin will portray first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
The Hollywood Reporter also notes that Michelle Trachtenberg has been confirmed as on the cast list, with her appearance set to be as Marina Oswald (wife of Kennedy’s alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald) in a ‘Russian-speaking role’.
National Geographic Channels president Howard T. Owens summarised: “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. 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.”
Having previously been responsible for adapting Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln book to a TV film earlier this year (to the effect of 3.4m viewers), National Geographic seem to be as fond of converting O’Reilly’s works to made-for-TV movies as much as O’Reilly is fond of writing about presidential assassinations… and getting mad at teleprompters:
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