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Tom Hanks' New Project: JFK Indie Drama

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By Julie Miller, Vanity Fair

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Now Tom Hanks is set to contribute his own John F. Kennedy project to the already sizable film canon dedicated to the 35th U.S. president. Produced by Hanks's Playtone production company, the indie drama will chronicle the events leading up to Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963, Abraham Zapruder's famous 8-mm. footage of the tragedy, and the effect that the assassination had on an ensemble cast of characters in and around Dallas. According to Variety, the characters will include an F.B.I. agent, a young doctor, a reporter, several Secret Service agents, Kennedy's staff, Oswald's older brother, Jackie Kennedy, and Zapruder. Titled Parkland -- after Parkland Memorial Hospital, where Kennedy was pronounced dead and where both his alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Oswald's killer, Jack Ruby, died -- the film will mark the directorial debut of Peter Landesman.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Academy Award-winning documentarian Errol Morris was also considering investigating the Kennedy assassination in his next film project

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