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November 24th, 2012
Preacher, rugged Texan sought for Hanks’ JFK movie


Producers of a major Hollywood motion picture will begin shooting a film in Austin at the beginning of 2013 and are looking for local talent to round out the cast.

Tom Hanks

Currently there is an open call for area residents, specifically two men, to play supporting roles in the film “Parkland.”  The film is based on the book “Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John  F. Kennedy,” written by Vincent Bugliosi. The story involves the turbulent events that revolved around Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day Kennedy was shot in 1963.

The two actors needed are a tall (6’3″-6’6″) 50-60-year-old wide shouldered, rugged  Caucasian Texan male and a 60-plus-year-old Caucasian preacher. Actual preachers are encouraged to apply according to casting assistant Jessica Vasami.

“No acting experience is necessary,” said Vasami. “We just really want some local people to contact us, and we’re trying to get the word out. We don’t want any more L.A. actors.”

Those interested in the parts may email their name, phone number, town in which they reside and two recent photos to casting director Vicky Boone at

The film is being produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. Slated to star in the film are Paul Giamatti, Jacki Weaver and Billy Bob Thornton. Readers will recognize the name of author Bugliosi, a former prosecutor, who also wrote “Helter Skelter,” “And the Sea Will Tell,”  and “Outrage.”

Filming is scheduled to begin in January 2013.

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