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Greg Kinnear, Katie Holmes to star as JFK, Jackie in upcoming miniseries

Katie_holmes What do Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes have in common?

They’ll soon be appearing in “The Kennedys,” the upcoming History channel miniseries about the Democratic royalty.

Kinnear (“As Good As it Gets”)” will play John F. Kennedy; Holmes (“Dawson’s Creek”) will play Jacqueline Kennedy. They’ll be joined by Barry Pepper (“Saving Private Ryan”) who will play Robert F. Kennedy and Tom Wilkinson (“John Adams”), who takes on the role of the family patriarch, Joseph P. Kennedy.

"We could not be more pleased that these incredibly talented actors have agreed to sign onto the miniseries," network president and general manager Nancy Dubuc said in a statement.

It’s the first time the network has delved into the scripted miniseries arena. Steve Kronish is writing the screenplay, which is currently being annotated and vetted by History’s resident historians, according to a network release. The revisionist series -- produced by Joel Surnow, a creator of the Fox action series “24” -- has already received criticism for inaccuracies by historians who viewed early drafts of the scripts with the help of the liberal filmmaker Robert Greenwald, who hasn't been mum about his outrage over the project. 

The eight-hour miniseries, which will cover the time period from Joe Sr.'s time at Harvard until RFK's  assassination, is scheduled to air in 2011.

--Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Katie Holmes at ELLE Magazine's 16th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute in Los Angeles last October. Credit: Associated Press


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