May.5 2011

Tommy Lee Jones & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Join Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’


As if Steven Spielberg’s upcoming epic biopic about our Abraham Lincoln, titled Lincoln, wasn’t bursting with acting talent already, it’s now about to explode. Months ago, arguably the best actor alive, Daniel Day-Lewis signed on to play our 16th president, and just a couple weeks ago Sally Field was cast as his wife Mary Todd. Today, Dreamworks sent out a press release announcing the additions of Tommy Lee Jones and Mr. Joseph Gordon-Levitt to the cast. Find out who they’re playing after the break.

According to the press release, Mr. Lee Jones will play Thaddeus Stevens, the “Republican leader and powerful congressman from Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives.” Mr. Gordon-Levitt is set to play Robert Todd Lincoln, “eldest son of President Lincoln and the only one to live past his teenage years.”

Needless to say, this is fantastic news. Lee Jones is obviously a legend, and JGL’s rise to stardom has been well-documented and supported on The Movie Mash; which can also be attributed to Christopher Nolan’s obvious affection and admiration of JGL as an actor and a a person; he did cast him in back-to-back blockbusters (Inception and The Dark Knight Rises). You don’t think Spielberg & Co. took notice of that? Think again.

Along with these two fine actors joining the Lincoln team, there are also a slew of other great character actors who have been officially attached to the projects in various supporting roles, including: John Hawkes, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill (Fair Game), Joseph Cross (Milk), David Costabile (Breaking Bad), Byron Jennings (Julie & Julia), Dakin Matthews (True Grit), Boris McGiver (The Wire), Gloria Reuben (ER), Jeremy Strong (The Happening) and David Warshofsky (Taken). Pretttaaaay, pretaaaay, prettaaaaay…. sweet. But hey, it’s frickin’ Spielberg’s triumphant return! What else would you expect?

See the official press release of the casting announcment below. Lincoln opens sometime in late 2012.

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 5, 2011) – Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill and Joseph Cross are in negotiations to join the cast of DreamWorks Studios’ “Lincoln,” it was announced today by DreamWorks partners Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider.  Also in negotiations to join the film are David Costabile, Byron Jennings, Dakin Matthews, Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong, and David Warshofsky.  This group joins the previously announced casting of Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field in the Spielberg directed film about the 16th President of the United States.

Based on the best-selling book, Team of Rivals, by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the screenplay has been written by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Award winner, and Academy Award nominated writer Tony Kushner.  It will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg.

The film will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.

Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones will play Thaddeus Stevens, a Republican leader and powerful congressman from Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Stevens was a staunch supporter of abolishing slavery and was critical to writing the legislation that funded the American Civil War.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known for his roles in “Inception,” “(500) Days of Summer,” and next year’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” will take on the role of Robert Todd Lincoln, eldest son of President Lincoln and the only one to live past his teenage years.

Other announced cast will take on various supporting roles in the film.

Doris Kearns Goodwin won her Pulitzer Prize for “No Ordinary Time,” the story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the home front in World War II.  Kushner’s prize was for his play “Angels in America,” which later became an Emmy Award-winning television special.  He had previously worked with Spielberg on “Munich” for which he was nominated for an Oscar in the Adapted Screenplay category.

Filming is expected to begin in the fall of 2011 in Virginia for release in the fourth quarter of 2012 through Disney’s Touchstone distribution label.

[via Collider]

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