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Jackie Earle Haley Joins Spielberg’s Lincoln

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Freddy Krueger Jackie Earle Haley, who was last seen on TV’s “Human Target” and currently filming Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”, has just been added to the huge cast of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”.

In the film, Earle Haley will play Alexander Stephens. Stephens was vice president of the Confederate States during the Civil War and a nemesis of Lincoln’s slavery reform agenda. He is remembered for an infamous speech in which he said that slavery was the “natural condition of blacks and the cornerstone of the Confederacy.”

Set to begin filming this fall, the film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, Sally Field as Mary Todd, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, David Costabile, Byron Jennings, Dakin Matthews, Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong, David Warshofsky, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins and Lee Pace.

“Lincoln” will be released sometime in 2012.

Additionally,Spielberg spoke to The Orlando Sentinel recently and revealed the following that his version of the film is not a battlefield movie.

“There are battles in it, and being in Virginia, we have access to those historic battlefields. It is really a movie about the great work Abraham Lincoln did in the last months of his life.“We’re basing it on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, ‘Team of Rivals,’ but we’re only focusing in on the last four months of Abraham Lincoln’s life.

“The movie will be purposely coming out AFTER next year’s election. I didn’t want it to become political fodder.”

 

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