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Zac Efron and Marcia Gay Harden have joined the cast of Parkland, a film about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The project’s cast already includes Billy Bob Thornton, Paul Giamatti, and Jacki Weaver.
According to Deadline, the film was written by Peter Landesman, who will also direct for Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone. The film is based on Reclaiming History: The Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi. Exclusive Meida’s Nigel Sinclair and Guy East are financing the film.
Parkland began as a project for HBO and will cover the conspiracy theories about Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963. Production will take place in Austin and producers hope to get the film in theaters in time for the 50th anniversary of that tragic day next year.
Efron will play Dr. Charles ‘Jim’ Carrico, the first doctor to examine JFK after the assassination, reports Indiewire.
“Zac Efron continues to impress us with his recent shift into more dramatic roles which showcase his exceptional acting skills and Marcia Gay Harden is an unparalleled actress who gives tour de force performances in every film she appears. We look forward to seeing their combined talent in Peter Landesman’s powerful and mesmerizing story alongside the excellent cast already attached to this film,” East and Sinclair said in a statement.
Efron spent 2012 starring in his first adult films, including The Lucky One, The Paperboy and At Any Price.