Katie Holmes to Play Jackie Kennedy
Fri, 30 Apr 2010 10:15:29
While her main role for the past several years has been "Tom Cruise's wife" and "Suri's mom," Katie Holmes is about to take on what could be a career-defining role for her. While Holmes was always considered a marginal actress, at best, she has been chosen to play former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in The Kennedys, a forthcoming, eight-hour mini-series that will premiere on The History Channel in 2011. Access Hollywood broke the news.
So who is going to play JFK? None other than Greg Kinnear, who has come a long, long way from his Talk Soup days! Kinnear would not have been my first guest on who'd play the roving-eyed Jack, but… if you think about it, it could work. Tom Wilkinson is set to play patriarch Joe Kennedy, while Barry Pepper is tackling the role of Robert Kennedy, JFK's also assassinated brother.
British actress Rachel Weisz, who also won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in The Constant Gardener, has also signed on to play Jackie in a feature film.
Who will be a better Jackie? Is Katie biting off more than she can chew? Or can you picture her in the pillbox hat and fitted Chanel suit? Can a plum role like this reignite Holmes' stalled career? Check out Pieces of April. It's her best role.