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TIFF Trailer Watch: JFK Assassination Drama 'Parkland,' Starring Giamatti, Thornton, Efron, Weaver and More

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by Beth Hanna
August 21, 2013 12:26 PM
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Billy Bob Thornton in 'Parkland'

A first trailer for "Parkland," on the JFK assassination and the chaotic events at Dallas' Parkland Hospital in 1963, has landed. Directed by Peter Landesman and produced by Tom Hanks, the star-studded cast includes Paul Giamatti, Jacki Weaver, Billy Bob Thornton, Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden and more. Watch below.

Paul Giamatti in "Parkland"

The film has its premiere at TIFF, with a release date of September 20. It's adapted from author and former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's book "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy."

November of this year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination. David Mamet also has a film in the works, "Blackbird," starring Cate Blanchett, a contemporary thriller centering on a woman who discovers her father played a role in the conspiracy. Meanwhile, David O. Russell is taking on "Legacy of Secrecy" from Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way banner, on a Mafia hitman (to be played by Robert De Niro) who confides to the FBI that he ordered the hit on Kennedy.

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