‘Killing Lincoln’ Casts Its John Wilkes Booth and Mary Todd Lincoln

The National Geographic Channel film "Killing Lincoln," based on a Bill O'Reilly book, begins production Monday for a 2013 premiere

Last Updated: July 16, 2012 @ 2:40 PM

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.

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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.