Normal Heart's Lee Pace Joins Cast of Steven Spielberg-Tony Kushner "Lincoln" Film
By Michael Gioia
Lee Pace, who was recently seen on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning play The Normal Heart, will join Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field for the upcoming Steven Spielberg-Tony Kushner collaboration, "Lincoln," according to Deadline.com.
The Abraham Lincoln biopic will be directed by Spielberg, who took home the Oscar for both "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan," and features a screenplay by Kushner, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993 for Angels in America.
According to Dreamworks, the film "will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War."
Pace has signed on to play New York City mayor Fernando Wood, a prominent early supporter of the Confederate cause who traded frequent correspondence with President Lincoln.
David Strathairn (The Three Sisters, Dance of Death) is also among the cast for "Lincoln" and will play William Seward, who served as Lincoln's Secretary of State.
As previously announced, Day-Lewis will play the title role, and Field will play his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and John Hawkes are set to co-star.
Filming will begin this fall in Virginia. Kathleen Kennedy and Spielberg produce the film that is aiming to arrive in theatres in late 2012.
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