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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 21, 2013 at 12:26PM

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.
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Billy Bob Thornton in 'Parkland'
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"
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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.