Strangely 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 Shot, Red 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.