Spielberg's Lincoln Adds More Big Names to Cast
05.06.11 by Chris
Steven Spielberg's look at the life of the 16th president will have more than a handful of recognizable faces when it opens next year.
Among the actors who've signed on for Lincoln are Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook (Water for Elephants), James Spader (Stargate), John Hawkes (Winter's Bone), Tim Blake Nelson (The Incredible Hulk), Bruce McGill (Law Abiding Citizen), and Joseph Cross (Milk).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jones will portray Thaddeus Stevens, a Pennsylvania congressman who supports abolishing slavery and is crucial in the government's funding of the Civil War. Gordon-Levitt will play Lincoln's oldest son, Robert Todd, the only one of the president's four children to live past his teenage years. The other roles were not specified.
Already previously cast were Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln and Sally Field as his wife, Mary Todd. Lincoln is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's best-selling book, Team of Rivals, which explores the political battles between Lincoln and his cabinet.
Lincoln is scheduled to start shooting this fall in Virginia. While Spielberg is helming the project, the movie will be released via Disney's Touchtone rather than Spielberg's own DreamWorks.
Lately, Lincoln seems to be a rich source material for Hollywood. This year saw The Conspirator, about the assassination trial of Lincoln. And next year in addition to Lincoln, audiences will also see the release of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which we're pretty certain will rely less on history than Spielberg's project.