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Tom Hanks joins NatGeo's 'Killing Lincoln' telefilm
National Geographic Channel has landed Tom Hanks to serve as on-camera host, historical commentator and narrator on the telefilm "Killing Lincoln."
Based on Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's "Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever," the two-hour project stars Billy Campbell as Abraham Lincoln, Jesse Johnson as John Wilkes Booth, Graham Beckel as Edwin Stanton and Shawn Pyfrom as Private John W. Nichols.
"Killing Lincoln" is produced by Ridley Scott and the late Tony Scott's Scott Free Productions and will air in early 2013. Adrian Moat ("Gettysburg") is directing.
"Only Hanks can add that unique poise, intrigue and dynamism that are his trademark to a film about one of the most significant, life-changing events in America’s young history," blurbs Ridley Scott. "His mastery always shines through and we can’t wait for viewers to be engrossed in this story."