Rob Lowe to Star as JFK in ‘Killing Kennedy’ on National Geographic Channel

Actor Rob Lowe (‘The West Wing’ ‘Brothers & Sisters’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’) will appear as President John F. Kennedy in the upcoming two-hour original factual drama Killing Kennedy from Scott Free Productions that will debut later this year in time to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination. Also part of the cast is actress Ginnifer Goodwin (‘Once Upon a Time’), playing First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and actress Michelle Trachtenberg (‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Gossip Girl’), playing Marina Oswald. This will be the first Russian-speaking role for Tractenberg.

“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, the President of the National Geographic Channels. “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’ is based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard and will chronicle one of the most shocking events in American history, following two men from very different backgrounds on a collision course with fate. The two-hour event begins in 1959, at major turning points for both the future president and his assassin. John F. Kennedy is in Washington, D.C., announcing his presidential candidacy, while Lee Harvey Oswald finds himself in the U.S. embassy in Moscow, renouncing his U.S. citizenship. These two events start both men — one a member of one of the United States’ most wealthy and powerful families, the other a disillusioned former Marine and Marxist — on a cataclysmic track that would alter the course of history. Throughout we see their highs and lows, culminating in not one but two shocking deaths that stunned the nation.

‘Killing Kennedy’ has not been given an official airdate by National Geographic as yet, but it will air later this year in the United States and globally in 171 countries and 38 languages.