Peter Landesman

JFK ensemble drama lines up all-star cast.

Writer/director Peter Landesman has enlisted the talent of Paul Giamatti (‘John Dies at the End’), Billy Bob Thornton (‘The Baytown Outlaws’) and Australian actress Jacki Weaver (‘Animal Kingdom’) for his John F. Kennedy feature film ‘Parkland.’

Scripted by Landesman and using Vincent Bugliosi’s 2007 book ‘Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy’ as source material, the film will recount the dramatic true story of the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

Tom Hanks and his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman are producing in association with Exclusive Media, who will also be financing. ‘Parkland’ will be shot in Austin, Texas and is destined for a 2013 US theatrical release around the 50th anniversary of the assassination.