Photo Flash: First Look - Rob Lowe Stars as JFK in Nat Geo's KILLING KENNEDY

Emmy-award winning actor Rob Lowe will star in the iconic role of President John F. Kennedy in National Geographic Channel's upcoming two-hour original factual drama KILLING KENNEDY by Scott Free Productions. Get a first look below courtesy of EW.com!

Based on the best-selling book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, the film chronicles one of the most shocking events in American history, following two men from very different backgrounds on a collision course with fate. Killing Kennedy will premiere on the National Geographic Channel later this year in the United States and globally in 171 countries and 38 languages, timed to the 50th anniversary of the assassination.

Killing Kennedy begins in 1959, at major turning points for both the future president and his assassin. John F. Kennedy is in Washington, D.C., announcing his presidential candidacy, while Lee Harvey Oswald finds himself in the U.S. embassy in Moscow, renouncing his U.S. citizenship. These two events start both men - one a member of one of the United States' most wealthy and powerful families, the other a disillusioned former Marine and Marxist - on a cataclysmic track that would alter the course of history. Throughout we see their highs and lows, culminating in not one but two shocking deaths that stunned the nation.

Rob Lowe has established himself as one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood, having first made his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders." He went on to star in other popular dramas such as "St. Elmo's Fire," "About Last Night" and "Bad Influence," as well as the blockbuster comedies "Wayne's World" and "Tommy Boy." After "Wayne's World," Lowe re-teamed with Mike Myers in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me." Lowe's movie credits also include "A View from the Top," "Class," "The Hotel New Hampshire," "Oxford Blues," "Youngblood," "Square Dance," "Masquerade" and "Mulholland Falls."

Additionally, Lowe starred as Sam Seaborn on the NBC drama "The West Wing" for four seasons, from 1999 to 2003. During that time, the show won a record four consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Drama. His performance earned him an Emmy nomination, as well as two Golden Globe nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He was nominated three times for the Screen Actors Guild Award, winning twice.

In May 2010, Lowe joined the cast of NBC's "Parks and Recreation," playing the role of Chris Traeger, an auditor who seeks to dig the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Ind., out of its financial abyss. His recent television work also includes a three-episode appearance on Showtime's "Californication," in which Lowe played unpredictable megawatt movie star Eddie Nero. Lowe will next be seen in HBO's "Behind the Candelabra," starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, and directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Source: EW.com