Eye inks its Jackie: Joanne Whalley

Thesp to topline Pearson prod'n, to face-off against NBC's 'Camelot'

The battle of the Jackies continues: CBS has inked Joanne Whalley to play the title role in its mini “Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Life.”

Casting comes two days after NBC announced that former “Law & Order” star Jill Hennessy will portray the former first lady in the Peacock’s Kennedy mini, “Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot.”

The first installments of the four-hour projects will face-off on Sunday, Nov. 5 (Daily Variety, June 1).

Whalley’s most prominent credit remains her role as Scarlett O’Hara in “Scarlett,” the Eye’s 1994 mini sequel to “Gone with the Wind.” Feature credits include “Scandal,” “Willow,” “Navy SEALS,” “Trial By Jury” and “The Man Who Knew Too Little.”

The Eye’s Jackie mini is based on author Donald Spoto’s book, “Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: A Life,” which examines Kennedy’s private and public life from childhood on.

Mini will be produced by Pearson Television, with George Steltzner and Donald Spoto serving as exec producers.

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