Killing Lincoln on National Geographic Channel

One political story that leaves a mark not only in the United States of America, but in the entire world, get ready to know some of the most well-kept information about the assassination of one of the world's best leader. National Geographic Channel invites everyone to commemorates President Lincoln’s death anniversary through their film entitled "Killing Lincoln."

To mark the 148th anniversary of the assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln, NGC has set the Philippine premiere of its first original scripted drama, “Killing Lincoln,” for April 14, 2013. This two-hour masterpiece that dramatizes what is considered to be one of the most significant events in American history, will be narrated on camera by Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and produced by Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions.

The film is based on the best-selling book Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever that was co-written by political commentator and media personality Bill O’Reilly and author Martin Dugard. "Killing Lincoln” recounts the last days of President Lincoln at the close of the American Civil War and exposes how John Wilkes Booth, a popular Shakespearean actor and staunch Confederate supporter, conspires to kill him and subsequently bring down the Union government. 

The said film will narrate that on April 14, 1865, President Lincoln went to Ford’s Theatre with his wife Mary to see a play and was shot down at 11 p.m. by Booth, who jumped down from the theater box, made his way to the stage through the panicking crowd and shouted, “Sic semper tyrannis!” But how could he commit such a terrible act?

"Killing Lincoln" is a true historical story that explores John Wilkes Booth’s actions before and after the assassination. NGC will bring us into a life that has never been seen before from this perspective. And that life will provide us great insight into one of the biggest conspiracies in this world’s history. The film will also portray an unprecedented manhunt for Booth and his co-conspirators for committing a crime that shook an entire nation to its core.

From writer and producer of the critically acclaimed series “Band of Brothers," Erik Jendresen wrote the script for “Killing Lincoln” based on O’Reilly’s book. “With the National Geographic brand, the audience trusts that they are in the hands of a reliable storyteller. If the content is enclosed by that golden border, viewers know it must be authentic. So the opportunity to do something with National Geographic Channel was extraordinary - it was a tremendous responsibility and we all took it quite seriously,” he said.

National Geographic Channel's "Killing Lincoln" went into much research and effort to make the film historically accurate. A talented and capable cast comprising veteran and new faces bring the historical drama to life, with Billy Campbell bringing gravitas to the role of Abraham Lincoln and newcomer Jesse Johnson turning the conventionally two-dimensional villainy of Booth into a breakthrough performance. 

Accomplished actors like Geraldine Hughes and Graham Beckel also lend their chops to a magnificent production as Mary Todd Lincoln and Edwin Stanton - Lincoln’s secretary of war - respectively.

“Killing Lincoln” will be aired for its Asian premiere on April 14, 2013 at 9 p.m., only National Geographic Channel.

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