‘Parkland’ Trailer Showcases Different Side of JFK Assassination

Parkland Movie Trailer



Director Peter Landesman will make his feature film directorial debut by taking on a massive piece of subject matter.  That is of course the infamous JFK assassination, where President John F Kennedy was shot and killed while parading down the street in his presidential convertible.  Needless to say, this topic has been covered in endless documentary and feature films, so it was important to find a way to differentiate his film from the rest.  Based on what we can see here, he’s found a way to do this with Parkland.

Parkland will recount the events of that terrible day from the perspective of a number of characters who are not necessarily the stars of the show.  It tells the story of that day from the perspective of the doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where JFK was transported to following the shooting.  Of course, JFK was already mortally wounded and there was no hope of his survival, but this doesn’t mean that those working at Parkland that day were not under the most stressful, and memorable moments of their working lives.  Those working at the hospital will be played by the likes of Zac Efron, Colin Hanks and Marcia Gay Harden.

We’ll also see the perspective from the eyes of Abraham Zapruder, the man who famously caught the assassination on 8mm film.  Zapruder is fantastically cast, with Paul Giamatti taking on the role.  Then of course, the Secret Service, who received much criticism following this killing will also be played by some huge names such as Billy Bob Thornton along with Ron Livingston, and Tom Welling (Smallville).  As if that wasn’t enough, throw in Jacki Weaver as the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man responsible for killing JFK, and Jackie Earle Haley as Father Oscar Huber, the man who pronounced Mr Kennedy dead.  This truly is a massive ensemble cast, which means every role, no matter how small, will get the attention it deserves.

This notorious day took place on November 22nd of 1963, and in order to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the assassination, the film will be initially released in late September of this year.  Can anyone say Oscar candidate?


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