Matthew Perry will play Ted Kennedy in “The Kennedys — After Camelot,”Reelz’s follow-up to the 2011 miniseries “The Kennedys,” Variety has learned.
Perry, who will also serve as an exec producer on the four-part mini, joins Katie Holmes who is reprising her role as Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The project is set to debut in 2017.
The “Friends” alum will portray Ted Kennedy in the years following the assassinations of his brothers Jack and Bobby and depicts his very complicated public and private life as he tries to live up to the Kennedy family political ambition and fill a male leadership void in the family itself. Jackie’s ties to the Kennedy family remained strong throughout her life and her relationship with her brother-in-law Ted grew ever closer as they constantly turned to one another for support and as confidantes, which will be reflected in the Reelz sequel project.