Here’s another name that hasn’t been around much lately: Tom Welling. According to Deadline, Welling has joined the cast of “Parkland,” the Peter Landesman drama about John F. Kennedy’s assassination focusing on true events at the the Parkland Hospital where Kennedy was taken after the shooting. The movie is based on the book “Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy,” by author and former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi (best known for “Helter Skelter”).
The movie has a big ensemble cast already, including Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, James Badge Dale, Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, David Harbour and Ron Livingston. Good company for Welling.
The actor is best known for his ten years playing the young Clark Kent/Superman in “Smallville.” The show ended its run in 2011. This will be Welling’s first feature film role since 2005′s “Cheaper by the Dozen 2.” Wow. Was that his choice or the industry’s choice? Interesting. Well, he’s got a lot of good cast members to hang out with in this one, so if he’s trying for a fresh start on the movie side of things, he’s got the right people around him. He and Efron should have a lot to talk about, as they both try to escape the dreaded “pretty teen boy” label.
“Parkland” has just started shooting in Texas. They’re hoping to release it this fall for the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.