The cast of the dramatic movie Parkland has increased by two. Director Peter Landesman has added Zac Efron (The Lucky One) and Marcia Gay Harden to the project where they will be joining Billy Bob Thornton, Paul Giamatti, and Jacki Weaver (a scene-stealer in Silver Linings Playbook). Playtone's producing the film with Exclusive Media also providing financing, according to the press announcement issued by the producers.
In addition to making his directorial debut with Parkland, Landesman also adapted the source material - Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F Kennedy. The book tells the true story of the "chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated."
Says producers Guy East and Nigel Sinclair: "Zac Efron continues to impress us with his recent shift into more dramatic roles which showcase his exceptional acting skills and Marcia Gay Harden is an unparalleled actress who gives tour de force performances in every film she appears. We look forward to seeing their combined talent in Peter Landesman's powerful and mesmerizing story alongside the excellent cast already attached to this film."
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