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David O. Russell Bringing Us Another JFK Conspiracy Thriller With DiCaprio & DeNiro

by Craig Hunter


The phase “Like Buses” is an often overused expression, certainly here in the UK. However, it must definitely apply in this case as THE FIGHTER and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK director David O. Russell is the latest filmmaker lining up conspiracy thriller centred on the infamous assassination of John F. Kennedy. I’m a sucker for the fascinating subject, with Oliver Stone’s JFK right up in my own top 5 of all time.

David Mamet has recently cast Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett in modern-set, cloak and dagger thriller BLACKBIRD, in which a woman, following her fathers death, discovers he may have been involved in the cover-up. There is also debut writer/director Peter Landesman’s PARKLAND, the recently completed all-star thriller (which includes James Badge Dale, Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thornton) that looks at the chaotic aftermath of the tragic event.

Russell’s film will be based on the the non-fiction book, LEGACY OF SECRECY, by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann, which points to the intriguing prospect that Texas-based Mafia legend Carlos Marcello confessed to an FBI informant to being the man that ordered the Presidents assassination. What’s even more exciting is that Leonardo DiCaprio, who will also serve as producer, will portray the informant Jack Van Laningham and Russell’s SLP Oscar-nominee Robert DeNiro is being lined-up as the chief mobster.

Exciting times for conspiracy theorists. Come on Oliver, how out JFK 2: SECRETS OF THE GRASSY KNOLL. Also, I must also point you in the direction of Neil Burger’s little-seen debut INTERVIEW WITH THE ASSASSIN, starring Raymond J. Barry. A surprising little gem that sees a documentarian follow the supposed real shooter. Gripping stuff!

Source: Showbiz 411

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