Rob Lowe Channels President Kennedy for New TV Movie

updated 06/13/2013 AT 2:30 PM ET

originally published 06/13/2013 AT 2:50 PM ET

The first photo from Killing Kennedy requires a double take.

Rob Lowe, 49 – who portrays John F. Kennedy in National Geographic Channel’s film adaptation of Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s book, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot – looks like the real deal as the iconic president who was assassinated in 1963 at age 46.

The film, set for a small-screen release in November, also stars Ginnifer Goodwin as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and Michelle Trachtenberg as Lee Harvey Oswald’s wife, Marina Oswald.

Rob Lowe as President John F. Kennedy

Kent Eanes/National Geographic Channel
On Tuesday, Lowe – who also transformed himself to play Liberace’s plastic surgeon in HBO’s Behind the CandelabraTweeted that it was “extremely emotional” to see “@ginnygoodwin as Jackie Kennedy in the sad and awful blood-stained dress.”

The decision to produce the film follows the success of the same network’s release of Killing Lincoln, a movie about President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, which broke ratings records for the network.

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