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Sally Field Joins Lincoln?
Spielberg's biopic expanding cast

23 September 2007  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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Wait...what? Lincoln is casting? That Steven Spielberg has added another cast member to his biopic of the sixteenth president of the United States suggests it's moving ahead pretty soon. And as we all know, pretty soon means before June, since that's when the strike starts. Or might start.

Newsweek is reporting that Sally Field is taking the role of Lincoln's wife Mary Todd, opposite Liam Neeson as the president – we're assuming Neeson's still attached, since there's been no word otherwise.

So, is Spielberg really planning a quick shoot on this one or is this just super-early casting? Spielberg has a little film called Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to get finished first and he's unlikely to want to take his eye off that one to concentrate on something of the size of Lincoln, even though he's had the movie planned for a long time and was originally set to direct it before Indy. Plus, Field has a day job on the US show Brothers and Sisters, which – we believe – wouldn't give her a large amount of free time until the June hiatus, when the strike is scheduled to start.

So, what gives? Is Spielberg banking on the strike not happening? That might not be completely foolish, since talk of strikes often tends to be just that. The other (distinct) possibility is that the Newsweek story has its facts a touch shaky. The mention is only part of a much larger feature about Todd, so this could easily be an old rumour that's been taken as truth. Expect official word either way to follow shortly.

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RE: Sally Field Joins Lincoln
They need someone to play Sherman. General Sherman was the man who one the war. If he hadn't capture Atlanta Lincoln wouldn't have won re-election. Than there would have been 2 Americas. More

Posted by jacks_back at 03:12 on 27 September 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Good casting.Looking forward to this alot
Yes Liam is Still very much attached he has begun make up tests for this i think this has the potential to have the best cast ever for a movie,there are so many roles  to be filled,has anybody read the book? I have and its hefty but brilliant its done in a way that not boring at all in fact i could not put it down Doris Kearns Goodwin has done an amazing job,this could top Gone With The Wind as a movie about the civil war in its scope and size,i cannot wait!!! More

Posted by quigonjaf at 11:55 on 24 September 2007 | Report This Post

Good casting.Looking forward to this alot
This will happen and i am glad Steve is making sure he gets the right people for this movie even though Sally was annoying with her anti war speech at the Grammys she is a good actress .The casting of Liam is great he is a very underused actor and wee all know how good Liam and Steve were the last time with Schindlers list .I am looking very forward to this alot because i know Steve is fond of Lincoln and also because i don't know very much about him apart from abolishing USA slavery the civil w More

Posted by alimac at 11:42 on 24 September 2007 | Report This Post

Get on track!
Whilst no one wants a rush job with Lincoln, I had been worried that this was gonna be one of those Spielberg projects - like his Memoirs of a Geisha - that never ended up materialising with him in charge. So hopefully the casting rumour's true, and hopefully this will follow right on from Indy - after all, Mr. Berg is known for his quick shoots. More

Posted by britesparc at 09:53 on 24 September 2007 | Report This Post


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