Based on the bestselling book of the same name, Killing Lincoln marks National Geographic’s first foray into scripted drama, and if this first trailer is anything to by, they’ve done a fine job first time around.
Due to air next month, the drama is narrated by the ever-brilliant Tom Hanks, with Ridley Scott and his late brother, Tony Scott, serving as producers.
Courtesy of Waterstones, here’s the synopsis for Bill O’Reilly’s original book, Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever:
“Based on Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling book, Killing Lincoln chronicles the final days of President Lincoln (Billy Campbell) and the plot by his assassin John Wilkes Booth (Jesse Johnson).”
Golden Globe-nominated Billy Campbell (Once and Again) stars as the eponymous Lincoln, with Jesse Johnson starring as the notorious John Wilkes Booth, with the drama also delving into the manhunt to bring Booth to justice.
Adrian Moat (Gettysburg) is behind the camera, directing from a script by Erik Jendresen (Band of Brothers).
Killing Lincoln is set to air on National Geographic in February. Here’s to hoping it will be as good as it looks, and that it will be the first of many scripted dramas to come.