Rob Lowe Channels President Kennedy for New TV Movie

Rob Lowe as President John F. Kennedy

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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.

Ginnifer Goodwin as Jacqueline Kennedy

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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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