The actor plays the assassinated president in National Geographic Channel's Killing Kennedy

By People Staff
Updated June 13, 2013 02:50 PM
Credit: Kent Eanes/National Geographic Channel

The first photo from Killing Kennedy requires a double take.

Rob Lowe, 49 – who portrays John F. Kennedy in National Geographic Channel’s film adaptation of Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s book, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot – looks like the real deal as the iconic president who was assassinated in 1963 at age 46.

The film, set for a small-screen release in November, also stars Ginnifer Goodwin as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and Michelle Trachtenberg as Lee Harvey Oswald’s wife, Marina Oswald.

On Tuesday, Lowe – who also transformed himself to play Liberace’s plastic surgeon in HBO’s Behind the CandelabraTweeted that it was “extremely emotional” to see “@ginnygoodwin as Jackie Kennedy in the sad and awful blood-stained dress.”

The decision to produce the film follows the success of the same network’s release of Killing Lincoln, a movie about President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, which broke ratings records for the network.