Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks

Here’s an interesting partnership: Bill O’Reilly and Tom Hanks. Everything I’ve read or seen about these two puts them at opposite ends of the political spectrum.

O’Reilly, the conservative host of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” and the liberal-leaning Hanks, who we all know and love for his Hollywood film and TV projects, are partnering up on a TV film adaptation of “Killing Lincoln,” based on O’Reilly’s best-selling novel, “Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever.

My thought is that it must be a detailed, accurate, engaging and bipartisan story for Hanks to be narrating.

“Killing Lincoln,” premiering on the National Geographic Channel on Feb. 17, 2013 at 8 p.m., chronicles the final days of President Lincoln and the treasonous plot by one the most notorious, yet complex villains of all time.

Billy Campbell (“The Killing”) stars as as Abraham Lincoln and newcomer Jesse Johnson as his assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Ridley and Tony Scott produced the project, with Tom Hanks hosting and narrating the two-hour film.

Following this U.S. premiere, and its 10 p.m. re-airing, the film will debut globally in 171 countries and 38 languages in March on the National Geographic Channel.

National Geographic is also working on an adaptation of O’Reilly’s follow-up book, “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot,” with Scott Free Productions once again producing.

Check out the trailer for “Killing Lincoln.” It looks pretty good, and I love Billy Campbell, from his recent role in “The Killing” going back to his “Once and Again” days.



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