Thursday, June 30, 2011

Steven Spielberg's LINCOLN Cast and Production Update

Abraham Lincoln
Another big movie starting production this fall (the other being "The Wolverine") is Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln", an epic biopic that the director has been preparing for a very long time. After many delays and financial problems, the production is ready to go. The movie will be based on Abraham Lincoln's biography written by Doris Kearns Goodwin, an acclaimed historian, and the adaptation will be penned by John Logan ("Gladiator", "The Last Samurai"), Paul Webb and Tony Kushner ("Munich", "Angels in America"). At one point, Liam Neeson was set to star as Abraham Lincoln, but all the delays made the actor decide to step down after several years of waiting. In the end, though, Spielberg got together a dream team of actors that will surely guarantee the movie will provide an acting showcase like no other.

Daniel Day Lewis
The role of Abe Lincoln eventually went to Daniel Day-Lewis ("My Left Foot"). This is Lewis' first major project after winning his second Oscar for "There Will be Blood" and starring in the musical flop "Nine". Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln will be played by Sally Field ("Forrest Gump", "Brothers & Sisters") and Vice-President Thaddeus Stevens will be embodied by veteran actor Tommy Lee Jones ("The Fugitive""In the Valley of Ellah"). A couple of days ago, David Strathairn ("Good Night and Good Luck", "The Bourne Ultimatum") was brought on board as William Seward, Lincoln's Secretary of State. Also, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is currently involved in the production of "The Dark Knight Rises", will play Robert Todd Lincoln, the President's first son and Secretary of War.

Other members of the stellar cast, in unknown roles, are : James Spader ("Stargate", "Boston Legal") , Tim Blake Nelson ("Minority Report", "O Brother, Where Art Thou ?"), John Hawkes ("American Gangster", "The Perfect Storm", "Winter's Bone"), Hal Holbrook ("Into the Wild", "All the President's Men"), Bruce McGill ("Collateral", "Law Abiding Citizen"), Joseph Cross ("Milk", "Flags of Our Fathers") and Gloria Reuben ("Timecop", "Nick of Time").   Also, the project will once again reunite Spielberg with his favorite composer and five-time Academy Award winner John Williams. They have also worked together on this year's "War Horse" and "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn".

The movie is set for a December 2012 release.


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