Jason Clarke is Abe Lincoln's Father in Malick's 'Green Blade Rises'
by Ben Pearson
September 4, 2012
Nope, The Green Blade Rises isn't some sort of weird sequel to Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy. It's the newest film in the pipeline about our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, set to star Diane Kruger as Honest Abe's stepmother. But more interesting than that is that reclusive director Terrence Malick is producing it, and now we have some more casting info that should bring this project even more attention. Deadline reports that Lawless star Jason Clarke has signed on for the role of Tom Lincoln, the stern but proud father who abandons Abe in a forest during wintertime and has a huge influence on his life. More below!
The film will detail three years of Lincoln's life growing up in Indiana, inspired by two powerful women who shape him into the man we later know him to be. Clarke has been a rising star since scoring a lead role on Shawn Ryan's unfortunately-cancelled "The Chicago Code" and has since picked up parts in high profile projects like Baz Lurhmann's The Great Gatsby and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty. He can play fast-talking wiseass roles and calm, pensive parts equally well, and it sounds like this project will require more emphasis on the latter.
The Green Blade Rises is written and directed by A.J. Edwards, who is making his directorial debut here after working with Malick as an editorial intern on The New World and an artistic consultant on The Tree of Life. It's awesome that Malick has such faith in his proteges that he's willing to attach his own name to their projects to give them the push they need to get made, and unlike an executive producer (which I understand mostly entails financial support of a project), Malick will actually be involved with the day-to-day operations on this one. Production starts this fall, and though it isn't exactly a mainstream film, it's good to see Clarke flexing his acting muscles in smaller work like this to get him ready for a jump to the spotlight.