Actor Jeffrey Donovan has been cast as John F. Kennedy in Rob Reiner’s LBJ joining a growing cast that includes Woody Harrelson (as Lyndon Baines Johnson), Richard Jenkins and Bill Pullman (as senators), Jennifer Jason Leigh (as Lady Bird Johnson), Michael Stahl-David as Robert Kennedy and Kim Allen as Jackie Kennedy. Donovan is probably best known for his role in Burn Notice and will be seen in the upcoming film Sicario (which translates to “hitman”) with Josh Brolin and Emily Blunt. The project is slated to roll before the cameras later this month in New Orleans, La., Dallas, Texas and Washington, D.C.
President John F. Kennedy, known by “Jack” to his friends, was killed by a gunman when he was only 46 years old on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, giving way to his VP (Johnson) to become the 36th President of the United States, a position that Johnson had always wanted. However, it was not an easy time for the country or for Johnson and became nothing he expected.
With this role, Donovan will have played two Kennedy brothers. He stepped into the role of Robert Kennedy in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar previously.
The LBJ script by Joey Hartstone, a 2014 Black List winner, centers on the political upheaval that Vice President Johnson faced when he was thrust into the presidency and then struggled to heal a nation, deal with the Vietnam War and secure his presidency by passing Kennedy’s historic Civil Rights Act.
LBJ is being financed by Acacia Entertainment, Savvy Media Holdings, Tadross Media Group, Parkside Pictures and ITS Capital. Castle Rock Entertainment, and Star Thrower Entertainment are producing — Matthew George alongside Reiner, Liz Glotzer, Michael R. Williams, Tim White and Trevor White. Executive producers include Martin Shafer, Elizabeth A. Bell, Danny Roth, Damiano Tucci, Michael Tadross Jr., Allan Mandelbaum, Chris Conover and Julie May.
Sales are being handled by Voltage Pictures (international) and CAA (North America). CAA reps Leigh along with Untitled Entertainment and Sloane Offer Weber and Dern.
Donovan is repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment (Michael Rotenberg and Troy Zien).