New images from Robert Redford’s The Conspirator have hit the net thanks to USA Today. The film centers on a reluctant attorney (played by James McAvoy) forced to defend Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), an accomplice in the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, as her son was the only conspirator to escape the manhunt. It also “follows the race to hunt down the small band of Confederate sympathizers who helped plot the attack.”
While the film was independently financed and doesn’t yet have a distributor, with the great cast (Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Toby Kebbell) and Redford’s name, I’m sure this will get released. Hit the jump to check out the new images:
For more photos and info on the film, check out USA Today.
Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) co-stars in The Conspirator as the fiancee of attorney Frederick Aiken. She resents his efforts to give a good-faith defense of a Confederate sympathizer, threatening the stability of their relationship.
James McAvoy’s soldier-turned-lawyer in this conspiracy case finds himself in the uncomfortable position of defying the Union after nearly dying for it. “He barely survived the war. He was very heroic and won medals for bravery in the field, and comes back and wants to go back into law, and right away he’s pulled into this case because no one else will defend this woman,” Redford says.
Robert Redford directs one of the battle sequences in his new movie The Conspirator. He says he wouldn’t have made the movie “if it had just been about Lincoln. (Documentarian) Ken Burns did a great job with the Civil War, and so many stories and films have been shown about the assassination,” Redford says. “What we don’t know is the story I wanted to tell.”