Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ Casts Every Other Good Actor Under The Sun

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 9:21 pm,

If there’s one upcoming project that screams “awards contender” on paper, it’s Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. In addition to featuring Spielberg in the director’s chair, multiple Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis as the famous 16th U.S. president and Oscar-winner Sally Fields as his wife, the film is also based on the acclaimed book “Team of Rivals” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin – who co-wrote the script adaptation with fellow Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright/screenwriter Tony Kushner (Angels in America, Munich).

The cast for the historical biopic has recently swelled something fierce; it now (almost literally) includes just about every other admirable character actor or noteworthy supporting player under the sun.

Universal has announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt – who was already appearing in several noteworthy 2012 releases – and Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones (he’ll pop up next in Captain America) are officially onboard for Lincoln. The two will play Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd, and Thaddeus “The Great Commoner” Stevens, respectively, and will be joined by numerous other sturdy talents in the supporting cast of Spielberg’s film.

Their ranks include: David Costabile (Breaking Bad), John Cross (Milk), Oscar-nominee John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Oscar-nominee Hal Holbrook (Water for Elephants), Byron Jennings (Quiz Show), Dakin Matthews (True Grit), Bruce McGill (The Insider), Boris McGiver (The Wire), Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Gloria Reuben (ER), James Spader (Boston Legal), Jeremy Strong (The Messenger), and David Warshofsky (There Will Be Blood).

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While Spielberg may not be quite the box office behemoth nowadays that he was in years past, his name alone is easily enough to get any project (be it in film or television) going – and to attract boatloads of big name and/or acclaimed thespians to boot. So it’s not at all surprising to say the prospect of starring in a Spielberg-directed drama that encompasses some of the most important events in U.S. history (the Civil War, the end of slavery, etc.) and the most historically significant portion of Abraham Lincoln’s life was enough to attract the attention of some serious talent.

Lincoln is definitely in a solid position to become a truly great piece of cinematic artistry at the end of the day, but merely assembling a crew composed primarily of award-nominees and winners does not per se translate into a great movie (Nine, looking at you). This still sounds like one pic worth keeping an eye out for, all the same.

Production on Lincoln is slated to begin in Virginia this fall. The film is expected to reach theaters in late 2012.

Source: Universal

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  1. Random Batman connection – Old Two-Face and John Blake together on screen.

  2. Wow! Goosebumps

  3. I can’t wait for this movie I love bio-pics

  4. This movie is going to be great! Speilberg is back! Think about it. Its bee over a half a decade now since Munich his last good film. Warhorses sounds promising as well and tin tin

  5. Maaaan, I thought this was more news bout Abe Lincoln vampire hunter.

    Lame.

  6. You had me at Daniel Day-Lewis.

  7. “You had me at Daniel Day-Lewis.” <— QFT

    Oh my god, I got chills with that thought. Perfection, truly.

  8. I cannot wait to see Abraham Lincoln by film, I cannot hardly wait.

  9. This is going to be filmed in Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia, very exciting for our area!!!

  10. Franchise slum and RED China ‘EUGENICS friendly’ Hollywood
    doing its ‘on board’ best to pitch moral alibis as the
    2011 POST American republic goes down for the final,
    long engineered, Globalist count…

  11. PERFORMANCES LIKE THIS COMES ONCE EVERY 40 YEARS
    THE LAST EPIC-DON CORLEONE
    NOW WHO ELSE-DANIEL DAY-LINCOLN
    STEVEN HAS OUT DONE HIMSELF IF THATS EVEN REMOTELY POSSIBLE
    TRAGIC MAGIC

  12. Johnny Depp lot Robert Downet jr. Would have made excellent John Wilkes Booth characters..surprised the assination wasn’t part of the film

  13. —-NO mention of the FACT that Speilberg is NOT using
    an American to play an American icon?

    ——–Something beyond POST American at work —surely.

  14. No offense, but if you are going to write about the Hollywood glitterati, I’d expect you to know her name is Sally “Field” and not “Fields.”