'The Kennedys': Greg Kinnear, Katie Holmes cast as JFK and Jackie

greg-kinnear-katie-holmes.jpgThe History Channel has announced the casting for its scripted mini-series "The Kennedys." Greg Kinnear ("As Good As it Gets," "Little Miss Sunshine") and Katie Holmes ("Dawson's Creek," "Batman Begins") will star as President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Actor Barry Pepper ("Saving Private Ryan," "*61") will play Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, the younger brother to JFK, and actor Tom Wilkinson ("Michael Clayton," "John Adams") will take on the role of
Joseph "Joe" Kennedy, Sr., father to John and Robert and 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager of the History Channel, said in a statement, " We could not be more pleased that these incredibly talented actors have agreed to sign onto the miniseries."

"The Kennedys" is the network's first scripted miniseries. Executive Producer Joel Surnow ("Nowhere Man," "24") developed the series with Asylum's Jonathan Koch and Steve Michaels. Steve Kronish is writing the screenplay and Jon Cassar ("Fringe," "24," "Human Target") will direct.

Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes previously played a couple in the 2000 movie "The Gift."

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