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First Look: James McAvoy in Robert Redford's The Conspirator

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April 28, 2010
Source: USA Today

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.

Robert Redford's 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.

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  • Cmurder
    I love history and will definitely be seeing this! Looks good!
  • Xerxex
    please don't let this be like Glory, that was not a good movie.
  • Cmurder
    Say whaaaaaaaaat? Aside from Matthew Broderick, who was horribly miscast, I thought that movie was alright! Anyways, this movie seems as if it will focus more on the happenings surrounding the Lincoln assasination rather than be an epic war movie about the Civil War.
  • Xerxex
    Sounds better then the premise of "Glory" Cmurder.
  • Sharlto
    Glory was good, what are you talking about?
  • Xerxex
    I'm talking about a lackluster film, that pretends to be good.
  • Cmurder
    LOL Xerxex...you're killin' me son!
  • DiR3cT
    What I would really like is to see a film that sheds some light on the real cause of the Civil war, or to clarify what caused the events leading up to it.

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