BRETT DONAHUE TO PLAY JOHN F. KENNEDY JR. IN MUSE ENTERTAINMENT'S "THE KENNEDYS-AFTER CAMELOT"
KATIE HOLMES AND MATTHEW PERRY STAR IN FOUR-HOUR MINISERIES TO AIR ON REELZ IN SPRING 2017
(Albuquerque, NM) Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - REELZ today announced that after an international talent search Brett Donahue has been cast to play John F. Kennedy Jr. in Muse Entertainment's original four-hour miniseries The Kennedys-After Camelot. As the son of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr. was only three years old when his dad was assassinated. JFK Jr. grew up surrounded by Secret Service and faced his teen and young adult years with paparazzi and intense public interest in everything he did. Balancing personal interests and ambitions, family expectations and a nation's dreams for a rebirth of Camelot JFK Jr. navigated the complexities as a well liked and respected man.
As previously announced, The Kennedys-After Camelot stars Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Matthew Perry as Ted Kennedy, Alexander Siddig as Aristotle Onassis, Kristen Hager as Joan Kennedy, with Diana Hardcastle and Kristin Booth reprising their roles as Rose and Ethel Kennedy from the Emmy Award(R)-winning miniseries The Kennedys.
"We're thrilled to introduce Brett Donahue in the role of John F. Kennedy Jr.," said Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of REELZ. "Brett completes an outstanding cast as he steps into portray such a well known and respected person. We are thrilled with the fit and we're proud to bring this story to life for our viewers."
"Our casting team looked at dozens of young actors for this iconic role before we landed on Brett Donahue - whose final audition was absolutely riveting," said Muse Entertainment CEO Michael Prupas.
Brett Donahue, whose work includes theatre, film and television, may be best known to American audiences from his roles in film and television productions including Total Recall (Columbia Pictures), Suits (USA Network) and Beauty and the Beast (CW/CBS).
The Kennedys-After Camelot is based on the New York Times best seller, "After Camelot: Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present" by best-selling author and biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli. Jon Cassar (The Kennedys) and Katie Holmes are directing from scripts by Stephen Kronish (The Kennedys) and Sandra Chwialkowska (Lost Girl). The Kennedys-After Camelot project was brought to producer Muse Entertainment by Keri Selig of Intuition Productions (The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe) who serves as an executive producer. Michael Prupas, Katie Holmes, Matthew Perry, Jon Cassar, Stephen Kronish, J. Randy Taraborrelli, Evan Tussman, Irene Litinsky and Jonas Prupas also serve as executive producers. Also serving as executive producers are Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of REELZ, and Jonathan Koch and Steve Michaels of Asylum Entertainment.
The Kennedys-After Camelot reunites several key crew members from the Emmy Award(R)-winning miniseries The Kennedys. Under the direction of Jon Cassar who won the Directors Guild of America award for best miniseries with The Kennedys, returning crew members include production designer Rocco Matteo, sound mixer Henry Embry, makeup department head Jordan Samuel and director of photography David Moxness - all of whom earned Emmy Award(R) nominations for their work on The Kennedys with Embry earning a win for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie and Samuel a win for Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie. Also returning are first assistant director Libby Hodgson, casting director Deirdre Bowen, dialect coach John Nelles and writer Stephen Kronish.
Muse Distribution International is handling all international distribution.
About Muse Entertainment Enterprises
Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production company and international distributor known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. Since its founding in 1998, Muse Entertainment has won over 100 awards and garnered over 300 international award nominations. Muse is now producing the second season of The Art of More series for Sony Pictures for whom it also produced two seasons of the sci-fi series Helix. Muse's other recent productions were the 6-hour event series Tut for Spike, the reality series Extractors for A&E and the docu-drama Caitlyn Jenner: Collision Course for Reelz. Muse is currently producing multiple mystery movies for Hallmark's Movies and Mysteries channel. Muse produced four seasons of the supernatural dramatic series Being Human for Syfy, the series Signed, Sealed, Delivered, two seasons of the wartime dramatic series Bomb Girls and several TV movies for Disney and Hallmark channels. Muse's 8-hr. historical drama The Kennedys, sold to networks around the world by Muse Distribution International, earned 10 Emmy Award nominations, winning four, as well as the DGA award for best director. Its 8-hour event series Pillars of the Earth also won an Emmy and many other awards. Muse Entertainment maintains production and development operations in Montreal, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. For more information, please visit www.muse.ca
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REELZ is a leading independent cable and satellite general entertainment network that is home to factual entertainment, television events, miniseries, movies and series featuring big stories and big stars. Programming ranges from the critically acclaimed and award-winning The Kennedys to Autopsy: The Last Hours Of... , Celebrity Legacies, Celebrity Page, Hollywood Scandals, Murder Made Me Famous, the upcoming miniseries The Kennedys-After Camelot and much more that connects directly to the world of entertainment. REELZ also showcases top movie and entertainment expert Leonard Maltin who provides specific on-air recommendations for movies viewers can watch at home.
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