Steven Spielberg’s long-in-development Abraham Lincoln biopic (creatively titled “Lincoln“) has taken a little too long for Liam Neeson. Originally attached to play our 16th President, the Irish actor told The Digital Spy [via The Playlist] “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.” I was never crazy about Neeson playing Lincoln, mostly because he has never really been able to pull of an American accent. The only thing he seemed to have going for him is that A) he had worked with Spielberg in the past, and B) his physical stature.
But Neeson may get to play a U.S. President yet. If financing on Lee Daniels’ Selma manages to come through in the next couple of weeks, Neeson will play the Lyndon B. Johnson. As for Spielberg, he is busy directing the World War I drama War Horse. After the constant delays, I can’t help but wonder if he still has any interest in making Lincoln.