via press release:
WILL ROTHHAAR CAST AS LEE HARVEY OSWALD IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL & SCOTT FREE PRODUCTION OF KILLING KENNEDY
Rothhaar Joins Previously Announced Cast of Rob Lowe, Ginnifer Goodwin and Michelle Trachtenberg
Also Announced: Mary Pat Gleason as the Assassin’s Mother Marguerite Oswald,
Francis Guinan as Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson,
Boris McGiver as FBI Agent John Fain and
Jack Noseworthy as Robert F. Kennedy
(Washington, D.C. – June 10, 2013) National Geographic Channel (@NatGeoChannel) today announced that up-and-coming actor Will Rothhaar (@Poetiqrothhaar) has been cast as the volatile former Marine and assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the upcoming two-hour original factual drama Killing Kennedy by Scott Free Productions. Rothhaar is the final of the four major players in the film to be announced, joining Rob Lowe (John F. Kennedy), Ginnifer Goodwin (Jacqueline Kennedy) and Michelle Trachtenberg (Marina Oswald).
The network also announced supporting cast members including Mary Pat Gleason (“1600 Penn,” “Desperate Housewives”) as Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother, Marguerite; Francis Guinan (“Boss,” “Mike & Molly”) as Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson; Boris McGiver (“House of Cards,” “Person of Interest”) as suspicious FBI agent John Fain; and Jack Noseworthy (“Event Horizon,” “U-571”) as the president’s brother and trusted advisor Robert F. Kennedy.
Killing Kennedy will premiere on the National Geographic Channel later this year in the United States and globally in 171 countries and 38 languages, timed to the 50th anniversary of the assassination.
Based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, Killing Kennedy 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.
Production on Killing Kennedy begins this week in Richmond, Va.