Published: Monday December 24, 2012 MYT 2:25:00 PM
Zac Efron joins cast of JFK drama
Paperboy actor Zac Efron (pic) has been cast to play a doctor in Parkland, a multiple point-of-view movie about the tumult surrounding John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963, announced Exclusive Media.
Alongside Billy Bob Thornton (Faster), Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom) and Paul Giamatti (Rock Forever), Marcia Gay Harden (Into The Wild) also joins the cast of this historical drama coproduced by Tom Hanks (Cloud Atlas) via Playtone.
Inspired by an investigation by Vincent Bugliosi, the movie will focus on witnesses of the murder, choosing Dallas's Parkland Hospital as the main setting.
The medical building successively saw the deaths of JFK, his suspected murderer Lee Harvey Oswald and Oswald's killer Jack Ruby's.
Parkland will mark Peter Landesman's debut as a director. With the production starting this winter, the movie is set for a November 2013 release, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the President's demise.