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Redford's Assassination Pic Gets Its John Wilkes Booth

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 5, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 5, 2009 |

TK first brought Robert Redford’s Lincoln Assassination picture, The Conspirator, to our attention last August. As he wrote then, the film itself is expected to be much more about the plot to assassinate Lincoln than it is about the president himself. The focus, moreoever, will be on Mary Surrat, the lone female co-conspirator in the plot. At the time, the only cast member attached was James McAvoy, who is set to play Frederick Aiken, who was Surrat’s idealistic young lawyer (and, my guess, the only guy who would provide her legal services). Surrat, who was the first woman to be executed in the United States, will be played by Robin Wright Penn.

Beyond the two main principals, however, it’s something of an odd cast, given that it’s a historical genre. Evan Rachel Wood will play Surrat’s sister, Alexis Bledel will play Catherine Morgan, and Justin Long — who doesn’t belong in dramas of any nature — is also in the movie, along with Kevin Kline (who doesn’t make nearly enough movies) and the always awesome Tom Wilkinson?

As for John Wilkes Booth — who seems to be something of an afterthought in a movie about the assassination of Lincoln — as reported by The Playlist and confirmed now by Firstshowing, he will be played by the up-and-comer Toby Kebbel, previously of RocknRolla fame. It’s a busy time for Kebbell, who is also slated to star in Prince of Persia and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, And not for nothing, he does have a certain sinister Wilkes Booth look about him.

Mostly, I’m just happy to report about a film that not a sequel, a remake, or something completely frogballs retarded.

And, courtesy of The Playlist, here’s a couple of pretty pictures:



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