History today announced the primary cast of Joel Surnow’s miniseries The Kennedys. (release below.) For the past three years, HBO also had been working on a JFK miniseries with Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman and Bill Paxton. The project, based on Vincent Bugliosi’s book “Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, is still in development at the premium cable channel.

New York, NY, April 28, 2010 – Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Katie Holmes and Tom Wilkinson  are set to star in the upcoming HISTORY eight-hour, scripted mini-series based on The Kennedy family, THE KENNEDYS. The announcement was made today by Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager, HISTORY.

Mr. Kinnear will play the role of President John F. Kennedy. Barry Pepper stars as Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Ms. Holmes will play First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Tom Wilkinson will portray Ambassador Joe Kennedy, Sr.  The miniseries will premiere on HISTORY in 2011.

“When HISTORY announced this ambitious project in December, our goal was A-list auspices behind and in front of the camera.  The amazing cast we announced today including; Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Katie Holmes and Tom Wilkinson is emblematic of that goal,” said Ms. Dubuc.

THE KENNEDYS is the network’s first foray into scripted miniseries. Executive Producer Joel Surnow developed the series with Asylum’s Jonathan Koch and Steve Michaels for Muse Entertainment Enterprises. Steve Kronish is writing the screenplay for the series, which is currently being annotated and vetted by History’s resident historians.  Jon Cassar will direct. Steve Gillon, Ph.D, will serve as the lead historical advisor on the series.

THE KENNEDYS is produced for HISTORY by Muse Entertainment in association with Asylum Entertainment. The series will be executive produced by Joel Surnow, Jonathan Koch, Steve Michaels, Michael Prupas, Jon Cassar and Jamie Paul Rock. For HISTORY, Nancy Dubuc, David McKillop, Dirk Hoogstra are Executive Producers.