Liam Neeson No Longer Attached to Spielberg's Lincoln Biopic

July 30, 2010
Source: Digital Spy

Liam Neeson / Abraham Lincoln

For years now it's been assumed that sometime down the road Steven Spielberg would finally get around to directing Lincoln, a biopic with Liam Neeson playing Honest Abe. Whenever it's mentioned, Neeson's name comes right along with the news. Well, despite the fact that Spielberg assured us earlier this year that his Lincoln-centric film would still see the light of day, it looks like it won't have Neeson as the president anymore. Digital Spy reports (via The Playlist) that Neeson is no longer attached to the film. The actor said, "I'm not actually playing Lincoln now. I was attached to it for a while, but it's now I'm past my sell-by date."

Though it's disappointing to an extent, I'm sure there are plenty actors just as talented and as tall as Neeson to step into the shoes of the 16th President of the United States. Though he's already had the much praised role as President Nixon, I think Frank Langella would be a hell of a choice to lead the film. Anyway, with Spielberg hard at work getting War Horse off the ground, and plenty of projects to choose from after, who knows when we'll finally see this come together. In the meantime, Robert Redford's The Conspirator, which focuses on events concerning the assassination of Lincoln, will be headed our way soon so that will have to appease any Lincoln fans out there for the time being. Who do you want should play Abraham Lincoln?

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Corey on Jul 30, 2010


pfft he would've owned that part!!!

Sean on Jul 30, 2010


Daniel Day-Lewis?

Jennie on Jul 30, 2010


#3 Good call. Day-Lewis would be incredible. I know Tom Hanks was attached at one time. That was quite early on, but Day-Lewis would be a great, great choice.

ModernAmericanMan on Jul 30, 2010


Liam has never been that good at an american accent thus far might be for the best

nelson on Jul 30, 2010


I agree that Daniel Day Lewis would be a good choice, but it's sad that's Neeson's out because he would've been perfect.

peloquin on Jul 30, 2010


Good I want Spielberg to make another Indiana Jones movie, and get it right!

Dan on Jul 30, 2010


I don't recall hearing about this at all, but Liam Neeson not being attached... could be a good thing. Another IJ movie? What was so wrong with the skull? i stopped halfway through but what i had seen was classic ford and classic indie stuff. No DDL for Lincoln.

Eli on Jul 30, 2010


#8. Then you didn't see the tree-swinging, the over-use of CGI and an entire last act that felt like it was missing from the picture. I would like to have an Indy5 (don't see it happening through, things move to slow) BUT with a real promise on focusing on old-school effects. Putting it in the 50's give them opportunities - but flirting with B-movies/Sci Fi didn't work last time around. But a backdrop of the cold war is still pretty cool. Not as cool as nazis. But it still might be really cool.

ryderup on Jul 31, 2010


Yes, #3, you will be knighted for that idea 🙂 Very true and relevant

I am... on Jul 31, 2010


Frank Langella? Neeson is too old, thats the problem. Dumb.

Kinks! on Jul 31, 2010


Daniel Day-Lewis or Gary Oldman.

Jos van den Atmos on Jul 31, 2010


Never noticed it before, but I can definitely see a resemblance between Liam and Lincoln. His face just doesn't look long enough though. Daniel Day-Lewis would be great. Though honestly I'm more interested in who will be cast as the president in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Craig on Jul 31, 2010


daniel day lewis is only really good at playing bad guys

james on Jul 31, 2010


They look damn similiar.

ryderup on Jul 31, 2010


And if Redford is doing something about the same topic, I say screw this project all together. Maybe it's a passion project for Steve, but any greaty author will tell you that every once in a while you gotta let things go. Overcrowding the scene with something like this is uncalled for.

Eli on Jul 31, 2010


Hulk Hogan should play Abraham Lincoln.

Pill's Here! on Jul 31, 2010


tom hanks is actually related to lincoln or lincoln's wife...some cool shit like tht

Darren on Jul 31, 2010


Viggo Mortensen. I think he would own Spielburg's "Lincoln". I'm with #13 tho. More interested in the 'Vampire Hunter'.

quazzimotto on Jul 31, 2010


Awesome. As soon as I read the title I thought "Daniel Day-Lewis" and about ten other people thought so too. Guess that answers that.

Lizbet on Jul 31, 2010


This Lincoln movie was supposed to be based off of Gore Vidal's book where Lincoln was supposedly a homosexual. So I'm glad this film didn't get made. Can you imagine the uproar if this was made. Thank God it isn't getting made!

Dan on Aug 1, 2010


Should be a mini-series like Adams' was. That was awesome.

Solo Calrissian on Aug 3, 2010


# 14 Apparently you have not seen many Daniel Day-Lewis movies. There would be no better choice than Day-Lewis…

Tood Lincoln on Sep 12, 2010


absolutely stinks

Nick on Feb 14, 2012

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