Katie Holmes to Reprise Role as Jackie Kennedy
10/13/2014 AT 12:05 PM EDT
Katie Holmes will reprise her role as Jacqueline Kennedy in a new Reelz Channel miniseries to be called The Kennedys: After Camelot, the network announced.
Holmes, who starred in the 2011 miniseries The Kennedys that also aired on Reelz, was given extra incentive to reprise the former First Lady role – the 35-year-old will serve as an executive producer and direct one of the four installments.
Jon Cassar, who directed all eight of The Kennedys, will helm the other three.
Production will begin next spring in Canada. The miniseries, based on the best seller After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present by J. Randy Taraborrelli, is expected to air on Reelz in 2016.
The first miniseries starred Greg Kinnear as President John F. Kennedy and Barry Pepper as attorney general Bobby Kennedy.
"Katie elegantly portrayed Jackie Kennedy in the first miniseries and now will continue the role as Jackie grows into the Jackie O that the world knows best," said Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard.
"Katie is brave, committed and perfect for this role. She is a strong, talented woman who understands how special and respected Jackie Kennedy, and then Jackie Onassis, was as an international icon," he said.