The stars of the controversial new series about The KENNEDYS has been cast and KATIE HOLMES will be playing JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY.

The Kennedys the History Channel’s no-holds-barred series that’s already stirred about a hornets nest among the Camelot faithful made the announcement yesterday.

GREG KINNEAR, who costarred with Katie in film The Gift will play President John F. Kennedy in the 8 hour mini-series.

Barry Pepper
is set as Bobby Kennedy who was attorney general during JFK’s brief reign and respected thesp Tom Wilkinson (John Adams) will star as the two-fisted patriarch of the Kennedy clan, father Joe.

As The ENQUIRER reported previously the series will explore the personal drama between John and Bobby’s tumultuous relationship with their former rum runner father when the series airs in 2011.

Critics have expressed their concern over exec producer Joel Surnow‘s conservative politics but History Channel execs say that the series is ""is currently being annotated and vetted by History’s resident historians," according to show biz bible Variety.