David Oyelowo Joins Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’

David OyelowoStrangely enough, there is a film about Abraham Lincoln in the works that does not have any vampires in it. It’s called Lincoln, and it is being directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring as America’s sixteenth president (seventeenth if you count the secret eight-day presidency of a pre-adolescent Ambrose Burnside…which few people do) is Daniel Day-Lewis, leading a cast that includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley, Tim Blake Nelson, and other great three-named actors. And joining the talent is the formidable star-on-the-rise, David Oyelowo.

So far, all we know about Oyelowo’s casting is that he will play a cavalryman in Spielberg’s Lincoln. It seems that 2011 has been the most fruitful year yet in this actor’s career as he has brought a dose of flavor to Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Help, and has earned positions in the upcoming films One ShotRed Tails and The Paperboy: all exciting prospects.

This might be the less eyebrow-raising of the two developing Abe Lincoln pics…in fact, it seems like the most straight-forward Lincoln depiction in quite a while (most of what I know of Lincoln from the media is that he’s an alien hologram, a time-traveling partyer, and an insecure clone). Nevertheless, it’s certainly the one many of us are banking on to tell a good, dense story about the American hero.

Source: Deadline

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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