Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones & Many More Join 'Lincoln'
by Ethan Anderton
May 5, 2011
If the spectacular Daniel Day-Lewis and charming Sally Field weren't enough to get you interested in Steven Spielberg's long-gestating biopic Lincoln, a historical drama about our nation's 16th president, well the extensive list of new talent joining the project should do the trick. DreamWorks has announced Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also has a role in the anticipated sequel The Dark Knight Rises, and Tommy Lee Jones, who can be seen in another comic book flick this summer called Captain America: The First Avenger, have both joined this promising project. It's hard to believe this project is finally coming together!
In addition to Gordon-Levitt and Jones joining the cast, even more powerful actors are in negotiations to join the project including, Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild), James Spader ("Boston Legal"), John Hawkes (Winter's Bone), Tim Blake Nelson (O, Brother, Where Art Thou?), Bruce McGill (Recount) and Joseph Cross (Milk). And for those who are really thorough in learning their casting news, other supporting roles have gone to David Costabile, Byron Jennings, Dakin Matthews, Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong and David Warshofsky.
As for these new talents' characters, Jones is playing Thaddeus Stevens, the Republican leader and congressman from Pennsylvania who was a strong supporter of abolishing slavery and was critical to writing the legislation that funded the American Civil War. Meanwhile Gordon-Levitt will play Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest son of Abraham (Day-Lewis) and Mary Todd Lincoln (Field), the only child of theirs to live past their teenage years. The rest of the actors will have supporting roles in this story said to 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. Sound good?