Katie Holmes is set to play First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in History Channel’s new eight-hour scripted miniseries, The Kennedys. The 31-year-old actress would play the on-screen wife of Greg Kinnear, who has signed on to star as President John F. Kennedy. Filming to begin June 7, 2010.
According to Variety, Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, Princess Kaiulani) will play Robert Kennedy and Tom Wilkinson (John Adams, Girl with a Pearl Earring) will appear as family patriarch Joe Kennedy Sr.. The Kennedys will air in 2011 on The History Channel.
Exec producer Joel Surnow is behind "The Kennedys," along with Asylum's Jonathan Koch and Steve Michaels. Steve Kronish is writing the screenplay, while Jon Cassar will direct. Kronish and Cassar are alums of "24," which Surnow co-created. Variety
"The Kennedys" is the first foray by History into scripted mini-series, and it looks at the rise of the family's political dynasty and the early years of Kennedy's presidency before he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas in 1963.Video: Behind the scenes
His presidency is often referred to as America's Camelot because it was a time of hope and optimism as the young president and his wife occupied the White House. They were widely seen as a new generation taking the reins of power. Reuters
Pics of Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear on set
Vancouver Sun - with comments by director
Update: The History Channel has decided not to air the series.
StopKennedySmears - one campaign that protested the accuracy of portrayal
Canadian producer speaks out about being dropped by American History Channel
NY Times: Producer and writer interviewed about controversy
USA: ReelzChannel - April 3
UK: UK History Channel - April 7
Canada: History Television - April 10