Way back in August we brought you the news that Tom Hanks and his production partner Gary Goetzman would be producing PARKLAND, a film focusing on the assassination of the American president John F. Kennedy. Today, we can add to this exciting news by announcing that three superb names have been added to the cast: Paul Giamatti (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN), Billy Bob Thornton (ARMAGEDDON) and Jacki Weaver (ANIMAL KINGDOM).
PARKLAND (based on the book Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, written by Vincent Bugliosi) will be directed by first-timer Peter Landesman. It’s not clear who will play whom, but we do know that the film will depict the events of the shooting and what happened afterwards at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where Kennedy died.
Filming is expected to start soon, with a scheduled release date for late 2013 (to possibly tie-in with the 50th anniversary of his death).