A new film by David Mamet is a pretty big deal. His last two films were 2013’s HBO drama Phil Spector, preceded by 2008’s Redbelt. But now he has arguably the most intriguing project up for sale on the Cannes market, Assassination, with a star-studded cast of Al Pacino, Shia LaBeouf, John Travolta, and Viggo Mortensen.
Arclight Films has announced Mamet’s next film, Assassination, with the aforementioned Pacino, LaBeouf, Travolta, and Mortensen, along with Rebecca Pidgeon and Courtney Love in her first role since 2018’s JT LeRoy.
Here’s a synopsis:
1963. During a crucial justice hearing against organized crime, the head of the Chicago mob orders the assassination of President John F. Kennedy Jr., creating a deadly conspiracy while altering the fate of a nation.
There are a number of fascinating aspects to this. Mamet is one of the greats, known for Wag the Dog, Glengary Glen Ross, The Untouchables, and more. Seeing Mamet tackle this kind of controversial subject, an organized crime effort into the killing of JFK, sounds pretty amazing. While most of the cast we know what to expect from them, you’ve got some exciting x-factors like LaBeouf, whose comeback film Padre Pio arrives next month, and Love who showed how great she could be with The People vs. Larry Flynt.
Expect studio wallets to open up wide for this one.