Robert Redford’s Lincoln assassination pic The Conspirator is moving forward and now he has a cast. Wanted man James McAvoy and angular beauty Robin Wright Penn are on board to star in the film, a drama based on the true life story of what happened to the bearded president’s murderers. I’m more interested in what happened his stove-pipe hat.

Robin Wright Penn will play Mary Surratt, one of the Lincoln assassination conspirators and the only one charged with assassinating the president. McAvoy plays an idealistic young war hero who eventually comes to believe that she’s innocent. If they’re the movie’s leads then it is perhaps safe to assume that, despite its salacious title, The Conspirator won’t actually show a lot of conspiring. Instead it sounds like a pre-air-conditioning courtroom drama. Just imagine how bad the witness stand must have smelled.

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