Wednesday, August 21, 2013
See trailer for Parkland, the JFK assassination movie due out September 20
Just one day of footage for Parkland was filmed in Dallas. The rest was filmed in Austin.
Parkland - Official Trailer 1
As promised last week, here, finally, is the first look at Parkland, the Peter Landesman-written-and-directed, Tom Hanks-produced movie about the assassination of John Kennedy in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963, and the hours following. Faces espied in last week’s stills fill the sneak peek: Jeremy Strong as Lee Harvey Oswald’s doppleganger, Billy Bob Thornton as Secret Service agent Forrest Sorrels, Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder, Marcia Gay Harden as Parkland nurse Doris Nelson, Zac Efron as an unlikely Dr. Charles James Carrico. But there’s also Iron Man 3's James Badge Dale as Robert Edward Lee Oswald Jr., Lee’s brother and a man who never doubted his brother was the triggerman; Jacki Weaver as Marguerite Oswald, his mother; and Office Space's Ron Livingston as James Hosty, the Dallas FBI agent who’d been assigned to investigate Oswald before the killing.
Most of the retelling of the tale was filmed in Austin, during the winter. The Austin Chronicle reported in December an old Austin State Hospital facility served as the Dallas County hospital. But some of the movie was made here — a single day’s worth of footage. Per Variety earlier this week …
Landesman decided that the first day of production would be in Dealey Plaza, where Kennedy was gunned down in an open limo while riding with first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. The director started by filming scenes with Giamatti, portraying Abraham Zapruder, a man in the crowd in Dallas whose 26 seconds of homemovie footage of the event became the most closely examined piece of celluloid in history.
“It was a spiritual experience for me,” recalls Landesman. “Paul was just masterful, and that really set the tone for the rest of the shoot.”
Janis Burklund, head of the Dallas Film Commission, confirms: It was one day around Christmas with just two actors in tow — very under-the-radar stuff, reminiscent of when Sean Penn and Terrence Malick snuck into town to shoot some scenes for Tree of Life in June 2008.
Parkland is due for release September 20, following film-fest premieres in Venice and Toronto. Which gives you a month to read the book it’s based on (Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy). Though Vincent Bugliosi’s book makes the (very long) case for Oswald as Kennedy’s killer, Landesman tells Variety the movie doesn’t pick sides between lone gunman or vast conspiracy.
“What we’re looking to do is start a different conversation about historical events,” he told Variety. “Fifty years later, people are still very emotional about that day.”