Tom Hanks has agreed to appear as on-camera host, narrator and commentator on the National Geographic Channel’s two-hour historical drama "Killing Lincoln," reports Deadline.com.
The project, from Scott Free Productions and based on Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s bestselling book, examines the conspiracy to kill President Abraham Lincoln.
In a statement, Hanks said, “The murder of Lincoln is not a passage of our history — it was a signpost of our American character, then, now and forever.” Hanks has been the executive producer of a few historical dramas on television, including the HBO miniseries "Band Of Brothers" and "The Pacific."
Nat Geo President Howard T. Owens commented on the addition of Hanks to the picture, saying, “Having someone like Tom who is so passionate about history and such an incredible storyteller join National Geographic Channel on this project will add even more energy and gravitas to this epic historical moment being retold for contemporary audiences."
Ridley Scott, speaking for Scott Free Productions, added, “Only Hanks can add that unique poise, intrigue and dynamism that are his trademark to a film about one of the most significant, life-changing events in America’s young history.”
Billy Campbell (AMC’s "The Killing") is playing Lincoln in the telefilm, with Jesse Johnson as John Wilkes Booth and Geraldine Hughes as Mary Todd Lincoln.