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Robert Redford may have assembled a starry cast for his historical film The Conspirator, based around the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, but he won't be able to hold a candle to the big guns that Steven Spielberg just brought in for his long-in-the-works Lincoln biopic. THR just dropped a huge list of names that are set to join the cast, and you might want to take a seat to let this all sink in: Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill and Joseph Cross are all somehow going to fit into this story.

Fans of character actors can find even more to get excited about, with Dakin Matthews and Boris McGiver, among others, also rounding out the cast. They'll all be filling out the film that stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President, in a story based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team of Rivals, which focused on the unlikely group of collaborators Lincoln brought to work with him in the Cabinet when he was elected. Sally Field is also starring as his wife Mary Todd Lincoln. THR is only telling which roles Jones and Gordon-Levitt will play-- the older actor steps in as Republican congressman Thaddeus Stevens, while Gordon-Levitt will play Robert Todd Lincoln, oldest son of the President who was 17 when his father took office.

Kearns's book, which Tony Kushner adapted into a screenplay, is incredibly long and detailed, so I have no doubt that there are meaty enough roles for every single actor in the movie that is going to occupy a crazy amount of space on Oscar prediction charts next year. The movie will shoot in Virginia this fall with an Oscar season 2012 release date likely, and now history nerds, Spielberg nerds and acting nerds can finally be joined in breathlessly looking forward to the same thing for the next year and a half.
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