A family secret about Tom Hanks has a connection to his new project, the New York Post reports. We reported last week that Hanks had signed on to host and narrate the National Geographic Channel project “Killing Lincoln,” and now the Post reports that Hanks is related to the TV movie’s subject, Abraham Lincoln.
Citing biographies of Hanks, the Post reports that he is a third cousin, four generations removed, of President Lincoln through Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks.
The two-hour Nat Geo movie reportedly finished filming last week and is set to air in early 2013. “Killing Lincoln” is based on a bestselling book by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
O’Reilly’s book — described as ‘how one gunshot changed the country forever’ — was optioned by movie director Ridley Scott in 2010, who said he saw it as a ‘thriller’ as much as a piece of history,” the Post reports. “The movie will be a combination of re-enactments — with ‘Once and Again’ star Billy Campbell portraying Lincoln — and historical documents, according to the network, with Hanks as the narrator.”