Jared Harris Joining Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' as Ulysses S. Grant
Poised to cause some serious trouble in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows as the titular detective's arch nemesis Professor Moriarty, British actor Jared Harris ("Mad Men") is taking on another key role in another period set film. Variety has word that Harris has joined the cast of Steven Spielberg's forthcoming historical drama Lincoln as Ulysses S. Grant, the Union general who would go on to become the 18th President of the United States of America. Daniel Day-Lewis is already set to play the iconic president Abraham Lincoln in the film based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's best-selling book Team of Rivals. Read on!
Harris is just another fantastic addition to an already stellar cast that includes Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jackie Earle Haley, Tommy Lee Jones, Lee Pace, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook, James Spader and David Strathairn. The film is not an all-encompassing biopic of the 16th president, but rather focuses 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. A release date hasn't been set yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if the film ended up hitting around the holidays in 2012 just in time for an awards qualifying run.