David Strathairn Joins Spielberg’s Star-Studded ‘Lincoln’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:29 am,

Steven Spielberg has been blessed with many fine casts throughout his career, but Lincoln may feature the best collection of actors the director has ever worked with. Not only did Spielberg snag a terrific lead when he got Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis to play Lincoln, but he’s also got a terrific supporting cast.

Let’s do the list, shall we? Sally Field as Lincoln’s wife, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Lincoln’s son, Tommy Lee-Jones as Thaddeus “The Great Commoner” Stevens, a dozen other talented character actors. Could it get any better? Yes, as a matter of fact, it could.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) has joined the cast of Lincoln. Strathairn will star as William Seward, President Lincoln’s Secretary of State.

For those not up on their history, The Hollywood Reporter notes a couple interesting points about Seward. Quoting the article, “Seward was a passionate abolitionist and fiercely loyal to Lincoln as he served in his cabinet during the Civil War.” (For what it’s worth, the only thing I remember about Seward from my high school history class was “Seward’s Folly,” in which he shrewdly acquired the Alaska territory from Russia.)

History factoids aside, Strathairn is a perfect actor to join Spielberg’s impressive cast. In his comments on the casting, Spielberg said, “Throughout his career, David Strathairn has consistently delivered performances of strength and character.” It’s high praise, but certainly well-earned. Few actors can share a screen with someone as dynamic as Daniel Day-Lewis, but I think Strathairn may be one of them.

Historic biopics aren’t typically big hits at the box office, but this film’s pedigree might give it an unexpected boost. My guess is that it will be similar in success to Spielberg’s acclaimed 1993 drama Schindler’s List or his 1997 film Amistad, two similarly engaging true stories that were nominated for multiple Academy Awards.

Since Lincoln is one of America’s most admired Presidents, will the film find a larger-than-expected audience?

Lincoln begins filming this fall in Virginia, with an expected release date in late 2012.

Source: THR

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  1. I’d herd a rumor about this movie but thought the vampire one would be first this looks cool tho, from what i know (which is very little) of ‘honest’ Abe Lincoln he’s one of my fav pezes

  2. I like the casting and even the idea of making a movie about Abe,but am I the only one that has no desire to see Spielberg direct this? I am sure he will do fine, but I want him to make movies that are fun again, preferably without some kind of father/son, daddy-issue plot points.

    • I am with you there Shane, Speilberg has a trend of changing History to suit his films rather than the other way around. He will cloak it in Hollywoodese and say it for dramtic effect but in the end it will be made up history.

      The other downside is the political slant of Speilberg who is a major Liberal and is one of the people who Touted the current presidnet as being Lincoln like.

      • I’m glad they are doing this movie. Abe Lincoln deserves a big biopic like this, as the most popular President of the most powerful country in the world. I hope Spielberg and Day-Lewis does him justice.

        I don’t think Spieberg will dare try to inject present-day political views into this movie. Politics were very different back then. As long as they stick to the facts, it should be a good, dramatic movie.

        And it’s kind of funny how Obama’s election has backfired on the Liberals. They don’t even like him much anymore these days. Maybe they ought to find somebody MORE experienced next time before they sing his priases and call him the new Abe Lincoln.

        But what am I saying? Liberals have always been big dreamers. They’ll keep on dreaming.

  3. Go..JWB….The war of northern aggression was not about slavery, it was about FEDERAL CONTROL!!