The National Geographic Channel film "Killing Lincoln," based on a Bill O'Reilly book, begins production Monday for a 2013 premiere
National Geographic Channel's upcoming movie "Killing Lincoln" has added "Gran Torino" actress Geraldine Hughes, "L.A. Confidential" actor Graham Beckel and Jesse Johnson to its cast. Beckel, Hughes and Johnson join a production that includes "The Killing" actor Billy Campbell, who will play the title role of Abraham Lincoln.
Hughes will play First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, while Johnson — the son of "Miami Vice" star Don Johnson — will play Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Beckel will play Edwin Stanton, who served as Lincoln's secretary of war.
"John Wilkes Booth has been dismissed as a scoundrel and a madman," Johnson (pictured) said of the upcoming role. "Yet I was drawn to the part because he is a fascinating character that is fanatical, yet complicated and passionate."
The two-hour "Killing Lincoln," which is being produced by Ridley and Tony Scott's Scott Free Productions, is based on Bill O'Reilly's book "Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever."
The film, which will air on National Geographic Channel in early 2013, begins production in Richmond, Virginia on Monday.