First Look: Paul Giamatti & Billy Bob Thornton in 'Parkland' JFK Film
Time for another fist look at another drama premiering in Toronto this fall. Parkland tells a different story about the assassination of JFK in 1963, focusing on the hospital and the staff that dealt with the tragedy. A series of first look photos have arrived showing Billy Bob Thornton as Forrest Sorrels, the head of Dallas' Secret Service office and Marcia Gay Harden as the head nurse in the trauma room. We also get a look at Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder, the man with the camera, who looks a lot like actor Toby Jones in that photo. "That 26 seconds of film changed his life and all of our lives forever," says Landesman. "It's the most examined and investigated piece of celluloid in the history of film." Zac Efron shows up in this, too.
Left: Zac Efron plays a doctor at Parkland Hospital. Right: Jeremy Strong as killer Lee Harvey Oswald.
The film tells the "dramatic true story of the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963." First time filmmaker Peter Landesman is stepping behind the camera and directing his own script, which is based on Vincent Bugliosi's book Reclaiming History. The unraveling and intertwining narrative stays away from prominent characters such as the Kennedys and instead explores the besieged hospital staff -- with Zac Efron playing the rookie doctor on duty and Marcia Gay Harden as the head nurse in the trauma room. Exclusive Releasing will open Parkland in limited theaters on September 20th after it premieres at TIFF earlier that month. Interested?