Rob Lowe, Ginnifer Goodwin to Play JFK and First Lady Jackie in NatGeo's Killing Kennedy

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1B973F8EThis is, literally, some perfect casting.

Parks and Recreation prince Rob Lowe and Once Upon a Time princess Ginnifer Goodwin have been tapped to portray President John F. Kennedy and First Lady “Jackie” in NatGeo’s Killing Kennedy, a factual drama based on the novel by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

À la NatGeo’s Killing Lincoln, which was based on O’Reilly/Dugard’s first collaboration and this past President’s Day Weekend earned record ratings for the cabler, Killing Kennedy will track JFK and his one-day assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the years leading up to that fateful motorcade through Dallas in 1963.

Oswald has yet to be cast, but Gossip Girl’s Michelle Trachtenberg will play his Russian wife Marina.

Lowe, who this past Sunday “raised eyebrows” as Liberace’s plastic surgeon in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, previously walked the White House on The West Wing. Goodwin’s other TV credits include Big Love.

Production on Killing Kennedy is set to start next month in Richmond, Va., with an eye on a late-2013 premiere.



Comments (26)

  • IMO they are both too attractive to play the Kennedys.

    Comment by lyn – May 28, 2013 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • what??

      Comment by Val – May 28, 2013 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed the Kennedys are really not that attractive. The women tend to look like horses.

      Comment by Butters – May 28, 2013 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Jack and Bobby were attractive and had serious sex appeal. Agree about the Kennedy women, and some of the wives looked like that too. But not Jackie. She had style and class out the wazoo and was pretty to boot. She was graciousness personified and that was impressive at her young age.

        Comment by april-ann – May 28, 2013 06:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Jackie had style and grace but not as pretty as people think. No Princess Grace but hot as hell compared to Mamie Eisenhower. But I get your point.

          Comment by Butters – May 28, 2013 08:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree april-ann, this is PERFECT casting!! Love them both!

          Comment by EveatEden – May 29, 2013 09:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ROB Lowe and Greg Kinnear,
    two of my fav actors,
    both have played JFK.

    Comment by ALEX – May 28, 2013 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah Kinnear did a good job, it was that Katie Holmes who spoiled that one. But Lowe I think will do justice to it…

      Comment by Shuayb – May 29, 2013 12:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How many documentaries do we need about JFK’s assassination? To me we should just move on. I mean yes it was lasting history event but no need to keep making documentaries.

    Comment by Kristen Thornton – May 28, 2013 10:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hollywood doesn’t have any original stories… They must go back to what is ‘tried and tested’ or what has been done a million and one times before. Beside just watch the ratings will be good because Americans and even those abroad have a deep fascination with the Kennedys and JFK’s assassination.

      Comment by Shuayb – May 29, 2013 12:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hasn’t this horse been beaten to death? It’s getting to be like the “WWII” (History) Channel.

    Comment by Bob – May 28, 2013 10:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • To be fair, WWII lasted a lot longer than “Camelot”.

      Comment by lyn – May 28, 2013 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • First The Bible and now Bill O’Reilly adaptations? Is The History Channel just doing all fiction now?

    Comment by Et al. – May 28, 2013 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • National Geographic ≠ The History Channel.

      Comment by Paul – May 28, 2013 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Weird. I thought it said History Channel. I need to get more sleep!

        Comment by Et al. – May 28, 2013 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Goodwin’s other TV credits include Big Love.”

    Ed! Also Ed!

    Comment by Paul – May 28, 2013 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wait — Rob Lowe is going to be in a movie that isn’t on Lifetime?

    Comment by I Heart Damon Salvatore – May 28, 2013 11:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Duh, he was just in the Liberace movie.

      Comment by lyn – May 28, 2013 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll only accept this if she plays It as Snow playing Jackie and he plays it as Chris Traeger playing JFK.

    Comment by Rob – May 28, 2013 11:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mmh, like both actors but not sure about casting them in those roles. Doesn’t really work in my head, but might be swayed by the final product of course. I do agree that it’s a topic that’s pretty overdone though.

    Comment by Louise – May 28, 2013 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love both Rob and Ginnifer but can’t sit through another JFK biopic. The stories been told way too many times before.

    Comment by JJ – May 28, 2013 12:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I look forward to it. JFK was a very beloved President. As far as Rob Lowe, I think it is good casting. I am unsure of Gennifer Goodwin as Jackie, but I think she is a good actress.

    Comment by JBC – May 28, 2013 01:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • JFK was really only beloved because he was assassinated. Check your history and facts. People seem to over look or forget that fact that he lead the pathway to the esculation of Viet Nam. Also was not really involve in Civil Rights like people think he was.

      Comment by Butters – May 28, 2013 02:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No, that was Lyndon B. Johnson. But Johnson was a horrible awful person and wasn’t tragically assassinated. Kennedy is prettier and younger and an easier to romanticize.

        Comment by S. – May 28, 2013 11:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I like the conspiracy theory that Johnson ordered Kennedy’s assassination.

          Comment by Mikael – May 29, 2013 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Butters, Maybe you’re right about the politics, but as a child to see the assasination of your President leaves a big impression, at least it did to me..Remembering his kids being close to my age losing their dad, that was about all I understood at that time.

        Comment by JBC – May 29, 2013 07:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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