Katie Holmes to play Jacqueline Kennedy on TV

Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:25pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Katie Holmes will play Jacqueline Kennedy in a TV mini-series based on the life of revered U.S. President John F. Kennedy, producers said on Wednesday.

Holmes, 31, who is married to Tom Cruise and appeared in the 2005 movie "Batman Begins," will be joined by "Little Miss Sunshine" star Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy in the eight-hour series due to be broadcast on cable channel History in 2011.

British actor Tom Wilkinson will play ambassador Joe Kennedy Sr., the family patriarch, and Canadian actor Barry Pepper will take the role of JFK's brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy.

"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.

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.

Jacqueline Kennedy, considered one of the most beautiful and stylish women in the world, later married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and died of cancer in 1994.

Holmes made her name in the teen TV drama "Dawson's Creek" and became an international celebrity by marrying Cruise in 2006 after giving birth to their daughter Suri.

Kinnear is considered a top character actor who has shown a range of skills in film comedies and dramas, from art house fare like "Auto Focus" to major studio release "Baby Mama."

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>Actress Katie Holmes arrives for the premiere of "The Romantics" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 27, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>