Steven Spielberg is long overdue to direct a movie that makes us sit up and remember why he’s Steven Spielberg. A lot of you will probably point to 2005’s Munich, though I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that 2002’s Catch Me If You Can was really the last highwater mark for the man who created the modern-day concept of blockbuster filmmaking. He’s got two adaptations, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and War Horse both coming up, along with the very promising presidential biopic, Lincoln.
Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field had previously been confirmed to play Abraham Lincoln and his First Lady, and now a press release reveals that pretty much everyone else in Hollywood has joined the cast as well. Okay, not everyone. But check out this lineup: Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill and Joseph Cross. Whew.
Gordon-Levitt takes the role of Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham and Mary’s eldest son. Jones will play Thaddeus Stevens, a Pennsylvania congressman and Lincoln supporter who was in favor of abolishing slavery. None of the roles were revealed for the other newly cast actors, with the press release simply stating that they will take on “various supporting roles.” Filming is expected to start this fall, with a planned late 2012 release.
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