Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
4Music's Size Does Matter
Introducing your new favourite app
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi spectacular
See The World Exclusive New Interstellar Poster
We unveil the US one-sheet for Christopher Nolan's latest
Matt Damon And Paul Greengrass Reportedly Back For More Bourne
Call it The Bourne Reunion, perhaps.
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
21 August 2014
Steven Spielberg Plans Minority Report TV Series
While The Devil's Advocate also heads for the small screen
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
A Walk Among The Tombstones
19 September 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
The Nut Job (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Road (2014)
Empire Star Rating
A Million Ways To Die In The West (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Khumba: A Zebra's Tale (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Non-Stop (2014)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Liam Neeson No Longer Lincoln?
“I’m past my sell-by date”

01 August 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Digital Spy

submit to reddit

It had to happen one day. After waiting what must have felt like decades for Steven Spielberg to get around to making his long-planned film about Abraham Lincoln, it would appear that Liam Neeson is finally done with hanging on, and has announced that he’s not going to be taking the lead role.

"I'm not actually playing Lincoln now. I was attached to it for a while, but I'm now past my sell-by date," he told GMTV (via Digital Spy), which presumably refers to the fact that he’s now two years older than Lincoln was when he was assassinated.

The Lincoln biopic has been a pet project of Spielberg’s, with Neeson always seemingly attached to the role, but it had begun to feel like a pet the director had forgotten in a corner of the yard while the rain  poured down. And despite multiple script drafts, most recently by Munich scribe Tony Kushner, it kept being put aside for other things. Whenever Spielberg had a moment between films, the subject of Lincoln would raise its head again, but each time something else took its place.

Right now, Spielberg is preparing to shoot War Horse and has been busy keeping an eye on the post-production CG side of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. Perhaps one day the fancy performance capture tech used on that film might mean Neeson can play Lincoln no matter how old he is, but you get the feeling that he’s so tired of trying on stovepipe hats that he might just cut his losses and swear off the role entirely.

And it’s not like Neeson’s hurting for work – he’s gearing up to play another US president, Lyndon B Johnson, in Selma (assuming director Lee Daniels gets the finances together) and he has other roles waiting.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Josh Hutcherson Thrown In Detention
A horror comedy with Dane Cook
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

RE: Day Lewis
Spielberg slightly annoys me sometimes. He's like a kid in a candy shop when it comes to new projects, and sometimes the projects he chooses make you wonder 'why?'. The Terminal is a prime example. An okay film. Very forgettable. Why did he bother? Same goes for Indy 4. Spielberg doesn't have to prove himself to anyone, that much is certain, but I fear that he has lost the plot a bit. Maybe that sounds harsh but Spielberg is frustrating, and I think Neeson must feel that way too. More

Posted by Alistair at 21:56 on 02 August 2010 | Report This Post

Day Lewis
Day Lewis could be up for this..... http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/worl d/ireland/article7094183.ece More

Posted by luke1654 at 21:17 on 02 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE:
L: Jenzy I really don't understand why Spielberg has put other things in front of it. Shame. o be honest War Horse sounds pure Spielberg and with the cast assembled should be a must see. Can't say I know too much about Lincoln as a person other than common knowledge but I was mostly looking forward to a Neeson Spielberg reunion more than the actual film. I suppose Daniel Day-Lewis is too much to ask for as an eventual replacement? More

Posted by Judge at 18:40 on 02 August 2010 | Report This Post

I'm struggling to think of someone who can fill the Neeson-shaped hole that will inevitably be present when (and if) Spielberg finally makes this movie. It begs to be made given the legacy Lincoln has; I really don't understand why Spielberg has put other things in front of it. Shame. More

Posted by Jenzy at 17:20 on 02 August 2010 | Report This Post

FOR SHAME
I was really looking forward to Neeson playing Lincoln, and him teaming up with The Berg again. What a shame. More

Posted by britesparc at 12:44 on 02 August 2010 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

The Future Of Film: Your Favourite Movie WIll Be Crowdfunded
Click here to donate

The Empire Podcast #128: Interviews With Sir Roger Moore And George MacKay
Plus we say goodbye to Richard Kiel and the British Expendables are assembled...

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Classic Feature: Gods Among Us - Paul Newman
A cat so cool he makes Steve McQueen look geeky.

The Future Of Film: There’ll Be An Oscar For Performance Capture
And the Academy Award goes to...

The Boxtrolls Interviews: The Cast And Crew On Laika's Latest
Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning and more talk stop-motion

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)