Back in August, Entertainment Weekly reported that American history’s bosom buddy Tom Hanks is producing a movie about the events leading up to the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. Titled “Parkland” after the Dallas hospital where the 35th President was pronounced dead on November 23, Hanks and production partner Gary Goetzman assigned New York Times journalist Peter Landesman to direct, and Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Giamatti are also attached. Now, Variety says, actor Jeremy Strong has been cast to play Kennedy’s alleged killer, Lee Harvey Oswald.
You might know Strong as “returning soldier” from 2009′s “The Messenger” or perhaps as “blind man” from the 2011 short film “Love Is Like Life But Longer.” No? OK. I’m just breaking balls here. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with a casting unknowns; I wish nothing but the best for this guy. It’s just that after hearing some speculate “Parkland” may support a revisionist single-shooter theory and the fact that we’re not going to see Joe Pesci’s orangutan hairpiece, I’m having a difficult time getting excited about this one. I know Pesci didn’t play Oswald in Oliver Stone’s “JFK,” but c’mon: That hairpiece was awesome. Its performance alone merits its own IMDb page.
See what I mean?
“Parkland” is slated to hit theaters in 2013 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.