JFK’s assassination will be revisited once again in Parkland, an ensemble piece that follows the lives of ordinary people who were affected by the tragedy on November 22nd, 1963. The film is based on the novel “Four Days in November” by prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi and boasts a strong cast that includes Billy Bob Thorton, Paul Giamatti, Marcia Gay Harden, Jackie Weaver, Ron Livingston, James Badge Dale, and Zac Efron.
Not unlike the RFK assassination film Bobby, Parkland covers the untold stories of those who were involved in the incident. This includes a young doctor at Parkland hospital (Efron), The Chief of Dallas Secret Service (Thorton), Abraham Zapruder (Giamatti), the FBI agent investigating the murder (Livingston), and Lee Harvey Oswald’s brother (Badge Dale). What’s more impressive than the veteran cast is the rookie writer and director, Peter Landesman. A former journalist for the New York Times, Landesman’s article “The Girls Next Door” was made into the film Trade in 2007 and he also wrote the screenplay for next year’s Kill The Messenger starring Jeremy Renner. Parkland will be his debut as director, with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman producing.
Take a look at the trailer below:
Parkland will premiere at the Venice film festival and the Toronto film festival, followed by a nation-wide release on September 20th.