PARKLAND Trailer: JFK Redux

A fantastic cast fills out this assassination thriller.

Today delivered the trailer for Parkland, Peter Landesman's take on the JFK assassination, and it looks fairly straightforward, at least compared to Oliver Stone's JFK. The film appears to be bereft of conspiracy theories and takes a sort of just-the-facts-ma'am approach, which could be interesting. 

While the trailer isn't anything terribly special, the cast is. Paul Giamatti (as Zapruder!), Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Ron Livingston, James Badge Dale, Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, Mark Duplass, Rory Cochrane and Bitsie Tulloch are all in this movie, and so is Tom Welling! He's in the trailer for about half a second, but he's cast as a secret service agent in his first role since Smallville. Zac Efron seems to have a pretty big role as JFK's emergency room physician, and I don't know if that's a role I can entirely buy for the guy, but I don't mind seeing him in the movie. He has charisma - or as Richard Linklater once said during a Q&A for Me and Orson Welles, "the goddamn camera loves this kid" - and I admire the path he's taken since this happened

There are a couple of other Kennedy movies coming out this year, but I'm pretty sure that's true of every year. I think Parkland looks solid - what say you guys?

 

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