Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tommy Lee Jones Join Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

Thursday, 05 May 2011 15:00 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tommy Lee Jones Join Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

One of the many advantages Steven Spielberg enjoys when making a film is access to the very best actors available, pretty much all of whom are eager to work with the man behind Jaws, Schindler's List, E.T., Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Saving Private Ryan.  His latest, Lincoln, stars Daniel Day Lewis as the sixteenth American President and Sally Field as his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.  Now, Tommy Lee Jones  and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are leading a laundry list of actors currently in negotiations to join Lincoln.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gordon-Levitt and Jones are in talks, along with John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, Joseph Cross, and Bruce McGill.  Cross, who appeared in Milk, is the least well known of the names on that list, but they're all excellent actors. 

Hawkes, in particular, has been on a hot streak lately, coming off of his Oscar nominated performance in Winter's Bone.  Holbrook made his television debut in 1954, and his recent credits include Water for Elephants and Into the Wild.  Nelson is an actor and a director probably most associated for his role in the Coen Bros' O Brother, Where Art Thou?  in the 1980's Spader was a member of the young actors christened 'The Brat Pack' and he has starred in Pretty in Pink, Stargate, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape.  Finally, McGill is a character actor recognizable from Collateral, The Lookout, and Matchstick Men.

As if that weren't enough, apparently David Costabile, David Warshofsky, Byron Jennings, , Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong, and Dakin Matthews are also in talks to join the film.

Tommy Lee Jones will play Thaddeus Stevens, a Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania who was a leading figure in the movement to abolish slavery and the Union victory in the Civil War.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt will appear as Robert Todd Lincoln, the Great Emancipator's eldest son and the only one to live beyond his teen years.

Lincoln is written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner, adapted from the book 'Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln' by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who is also a Pulitzer Prize winner.  Kushner also contributed to Steven Spielberg's mad-underrated Munich.

The historical drama, which will focus on Lincoln's relationship with his cabinet during the Civil War, is set to begin production this fall for a tentative late 2012 release date. 

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