First Look: James McAvoy in Robert Redford's The Conspirator
Our good friend Anthony Breznican of USA Today has debuted a wonderful new first look feature for Robert Redford's new historical drama The Conspirator, which focuses on the alleged Confederate sympathizer Mary Surratt. James McAvoy is just one of many fine actors starring in this, along with Robin Wright as Surratt (top left photo), Justin Long as Nicholas Baker (not seen), Evan Rachel Wood as Anna Surratt (not seen), Alexis Bledel as Sarah Weston (lower right photo), and Toby Kebbell as assassin John Wilkes Booth (lower left photo). McAvoy plays a Union solder and Surratt's reluctant lawyer Frederick Aiken. Take a look!
Click on any of the photos below to be taken to USA Today's complete first look gallery for The Conspirator.
The Conspirator is a bit of an interesting film because it's primarily about what happens after the Lincoln assassination and that's not a story many people are familiar with. Redford says he wouldn't have made the movie "if it had just been about Lincoln. (Documentarian) Ken Burns did a great job with the Civil War, and so many stories and films have been shown about the assassination," he says. "What we don't know is the story I wanted to tell." And why would anyone be interested in that? Besides some parallels to today, "the movie dives into the country's efforts to find justice after one of the most devastating incidents in American history." The film was produced independently by the American Film Co. and doesn't have a distributor yet.