Actor Rob Lowe to headline JFK-assassination TV movie

Cast member Rob Lowe poses before a screening and panel discussion for the reunion of the cast of the 1992 movie
Cast member Rob Lowe poses before a screening and panel discussion for the reunion of the cast of the 1992 movie

American actor Rob Lowe will portray slain President John F. Kennedy in a television movie based on a book by TV news commentator Bill O’Reilly and author Martin Dugard, the National Geographic Channel said on Tuesday.

“Killing Kennedy” will take the form of a “factual drama” and will premiere on National Geographic TV channel later this year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, the network said.

Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963 in Dallas as the president’s motorcade made its way through the Texas city.

Lowe, 49, who rose to prominence in the 1980s as an actor in such films as “The Outsiders” and “St. Elmo’s Fire,” will star alongside “Mona Lisa Smile” actress Ginnifer Goodwin, who will play first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

“Gossip Girl” star Michelle Trachtenberg will portray Oswald’s Soviet-born wife, Marina Oswald. It will be the first Russian-speaking role for the American actress, who is fluent in the language.

The actor who will portray Oswald will be cast within the next two weeks, a network spokeswoman said.

In April, Lowe narrated the network’s documentary miniseries “The ’80s: The Decade that Made Us.”

O’Reilly and Dugard’s “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot” was published in 2012.

The National Geographic Channel is jointly owned by the National Geographic Society and News Corp-owned Fox.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Steve Orlofsky)



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

NYPD: Suspect dead after two U.S. Marshals, cop…

A suspected sex offender died during a shootout inside a West Village smoke shop that left two U.S. Marshals and an NYPD detective wounded, officials said.

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Local

De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.