First Official Look at Zac Efron and More in JFK Film 'Parkland'

First Official Look at Zac Efron and More in JFK Film 'Parkland'

The Tom Hanks-produced movie, directed and written by Peter Landesman, is slated to hit theaters on September 20.
"Parkland", Peter Landesman's upcoming drama that recounts the events at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated, has debuted its first official images via USA Today. One of the pics gives fans a glimpse of Zac Efron, the former Disney star who is tapped to play Dr. Charles 'Jim' Carrico who desperately tried to save JFK's life at that time.

In another snap, Efron is featured alongside Marcia Gay Harden who is introduced as the head nurse in the trauma room. Paul Giamatti who acts as the accidental witness Abraham Zapruder is seen filming the motorcade with his cam. Other images, meanwhile, unveil looks at Billy Bob Thornton as the head of Dallas' Secret Service office and Jeremy Strong as killer Lee Harvey Oswald.

To USA Today, Thornton describes his character, "The Secret Service had never lost a man, and they lost their man. He felt bound and determined to find out what happened immediately while he was going through the worst time in his life. He felt completely responsible."

The "Armageddon" actor then gushes over Giamatti, who "looks so much like Zapruder that it just all seemed very, very real." He says, "You really forgot that you were making a movie for a moment."

Landesman reveals he has been adamant about shooting key scenes in Dallas' Dealey Plaza. Of the pic that will hit theaters on September 20, he says, "This is a movie about the ground truth from the ground level."

"What surprised me was the power and poignancy of those who survived that day and the three that followed - the heroism, the instincts and the pathos of those swept up in this tsunami. This is an event that happened to individuals."

Besides "Parkland", another look at the infamous killing will be offered by "JFK: The Smoking Gun", the two-hour docudrama that will air on ReelzChannel November 3. The program suggests a Secret Service agent fired one of the bullets that felled Kennedy.

"What we're saying is that we believe it was a tragic accident in the heat of that moment," retired Australian police Detective Colin McLaren tells the Television Critics Association. "We don't suggest that he was in any way involved in a conspiracy."

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