Zac Efron

Zac Efron

Zac Efron will star in JFK assassination movie 'Parkland'.

'The Paperboy' hunk has been cast alongside 'Mystic River' actress Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Jacki Weaver in writer-director Peter Landesman's drama about the events in the titular Dallas hospital on November 22, 1963, the day US President John F Kennedy was killed.

Exclusive Media chairmen Guy East and Nigel Sinclair said: "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 mesmerising story alongside the excellent cast already attached to this film."

The retelling will be based on Vincent Bugliosi's book 'Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F Kennedy' and is set to ignore the conspiracy theories surrounding the event.

Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman have teamed up with Exclusive Media to produce.

Zac, 25, can next be seen alongside Nicole Kidman in 'The Paperboy' and in family farming drama 'At Any Price'.

'Parkland' will be released in 2013 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of JFK's death.