A few weeks ago it was announced that Rachel Weisz was set to star as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in a feature film directed by Darren Aronofsky. Now according to Vulture, Katie Holmes has signed on to play the former First Lady as well. Holmes’ incarnation will be on the small screen in a made for TV movie aptly titled, The Kennedys.

The Kennedys will co-star Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy (good casting), Barry Pepper as Robert F. Kennedy, and Tom Wilkinson as the family patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy. The film will air on the The History Channel and is said to be a multi-episode event. This is the first time that the cable network has taken on a scripted program of this caliber. “The eight-hour miniseries, which will cover the time period from Joe Sr.’s time at Harvard until RFK’s assassination, is scheduled to air in 2011.”

This sounds like the real deal so how did Katie Holmes get involved? Taking on such a high profile role might be a good way for her to resurface in the acting world. Physically, with the right hair and makeup she could pull off the look of Mrs. Kennedy but we’re not sure if she’s the best actress for the part. Nothing against Holmes, but Rachel Weisz seems much more appropriate, don’t you think?

What do you think of the cast of The Kennedys? Do you think Holmes can pull of a decent portrayal of Jackie?