David Strathairn Cast as William Seward in Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN

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Oscar-nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck.) has been cast in the Steven Spielberg-directed Abraham Lincoln biopic, Lincoln. Straithairn will make a turn as Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William Seward, in the film which is scheduled to begin filming this fall in Virginia in time for a fourth quarter 2012 (a.k.a. “Oscar season”) theatrical release. The actor joins a cast that already includes Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. Spielberg had this to say of Strathairn’s casting:

“Throughout his career, David Strathairn has consistently delivered  performances of strength and character. That’s why I am so pleased that he will portray the Secretary of State, who became such a dominant figure in Lincoln’s ‘team of rivals’ cabinet.”

For those unaware, Lincoln is written by Oscar-nominee Tony Kushner (Munich) and is based on the Doris Kearns Goodwin book, Team of Rivals. Last month, we reported that Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon Levitt, James Spader, John Hawkes and several others were in serious talks to join the pic as well. As for Strathairn, he can next be seen alongside Rachel Weisz in the drama The Whistleblower which hits U.S. theaters on August 5th. Hit the jump to check out a synopsis of Goodwin’s book.

LINCOLN to Be Shot Again in Virginia This Fall

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Steven Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln biopic, Lincoln, has been languishing on the director’s “To Do” list for years.  The project finally picked up steam last November when it was announced that Daniel Day-Lewis would play Lincoln and that shooting would begin this fall.  A few weeks ago we learned that Sally Field would be playing Mary Todd Lincoln, and today we’ve learned that Spielberg plans to shoot the film in Virginia.  The AP reports that the film, which is based off Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, will shoot in Richmond and Petersburg.  I expect that over the summer we’ll hear casting for the other major roles: Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of Treasury Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of State William H. Seward, and attorney general Edward Bates.

Hit the jump for a synopsis of Goodwin’s excellent book.  Lincoln is set for a 4th-quarter 2012 release date.

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