Michelle Trachtenberg is set to play Marina Oswald, the wife of Lee Harvey, in a role that will take place when her husband killed President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
Lee Harvey was killed by a nightclub owner just hours after the Kennedy assassination while being escorted to the jail before the case even went to trial.
Former Gossip Girl star, 27, shared her excitement about the role with Us Weekly and the challenges she’ll face portraying the Russian-born Marina.
“I am so excited for the challenge to portray Marina Oswald, and to do my first role speaking only in Russian,” she said. “I’m the only actor playing someone who is still alive, so I want to stay as true to her as possible. This is a story about JFK’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald and his wife Marina. And it is fascinating.”
The real Marina Oswald Porter, 71, currently lives in Dallas, Tex. and contends that her deceased husband was innocent. She remarried in 1965 and has two sons.
Killing Kennedy will be based on the best-selling book of the same name by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.
Production will begin in June in Richmond, Va., when Lowe and Goodwin are on hiatus from NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.”