Lincoln Casting: Sally Field in Lincoln; Rufus Sewell in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
04.14.11 by Ryan
Abraham Lincoln is a popular figure in movies these days with not one, but three upcoming movies dramatizing the life of the former 16th President of the United States. The first of the three is director Robert Redford's The Conspirator, which is set at the end of Lincoln's life and the trial of those that conspired in the President's assassination, and opens tomorrow, April 15.
2012 will see two movies about Lincoln: first is director Timur Bekmambetov's adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which blends historical facts with the President's vendetta to rid the world of vampires, and then, later that year, director Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln, which is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's best-selling book, Team of Rivals, which explored the political battles between Lincoln and his cabinet. While both Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Lincoln are in different stages of production, the two movies have made significant casting announcements this week.
Variety reports that British actor Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist, A Knight's Tale will add to his resume of villainous roles after being cast as Adam, the lead vampire in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Sewell will go up against Benajamin Walker as Lincoln, in a 3-D production set against the backdrop of the Civil War.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was based on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith's bestselling book, with Grahame-Smith adapting the screenplay, and is produced by Tim Burton. The adaptation started production in March, and opens June 22, 2012.
Spielberg cast Daniel Day-Lewis as his Lincoln back in November and has finally cast his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, with two-time, Academy-Award winning actress Sally Field (Norma Rae, Places in the Heart).
"I'm excited to be working with Sally for the first time," said Spielberg in a press release. "I've admired her films, and she has always been my first choice to portray all the fragility and complexity that was Mary Todd Lincoln."
"To have the opportunity to work with Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis and to play one of the most complicated and colorful women in American history is simply as good as it gets," remarked Field.
Lincoln was adapted by screenwriter Tony Kushner, who previously scripted Munich for Spielberg. Kushner's script is also set to highlight Lincoln's life during the Civil War, but, likely, won't feature any vampires (we think).
Production on Lincoln is set to start this fall with a release date sometime in the fourth quarter of 2012, which, in Hollywood terms, means somewhere in Oscar season, and, in financial terms, means somewhere in October to December.