Parks & Recreation actor Rob Lowe will play one of America’s most beloved and famed Presidents; John F. Kennedy, in an upcoming docu-drama detailing the events of his assassination in 1963. Lowe will star along-side Ginnifer Goodwin, who plays his wife, Jackie, in the made-for-Tv feature for National Geographic, with the programme airing in November this year to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s death.
Lowe and Goodwin have had their first character portraits taken and released online this week, with Lowe recreating the famous, pensive-looking portrait of the former-president for his press-shot, whilst Goodwin takes on a side-angled shot as she pulls off a convincing looking Jacqueline Kennedy. Although his facial make-up is somewhat ambiguous in the promo shot, Lowe also looks incredibly convincing as the 35th US President, looking eerily like his presidential character. The actor has also gone on to commend his co-star this week, Tweeting on Tuesday (June 11) this week, “Just saw @ginnygoodwin as Jackie Kennedy in the sad and awful blood-stained dress. Extremely emotional.”
The Tv-movie, titled Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot, is to follow the same formula as the popular Killing Lincoln, with both docu-dramas based on the Bill O’Reilly books of the same name. As with the Lincoln feature, O’Reilly was on hand to adapt the story for the screen and to the book. It will follow the lead-up and the immediate after affects of the day former-Marine Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed the President as he was being paraded through the streets of Dallas, Texas in an open top car on 22 November 1963.
Filming for the Tv-movie is expected to begin this month, with production starting this week in Richmond, Virginia. The show is expected to air on November 22 2013 and will no doubt be one of many specials aired around the same time as America mourns the 50th Anniversary of Kennedy’s death.