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Wild And Bereft, Assassin Is Born

By TK Burton | Trailers | January 27, 2011 |

By TK Burton | Trailers | January 27, 2011 |

Never let it be said that Robert Redford doesn’t choose ambitious projects.

Here’s the trailer for The Conspirator, a film about the trial of Mary Surratt in the aftermath of the assassination of President Lincoln. It’s got an absolute murderer’s row of a cast — James McAvoy, Tom Wilkinson, Danny Huston, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Stephen Root, Colm Meaney, and Evan Rachel Wood.


Directed by Robert Redford and starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright, THE CONSPIRATOR tells the powerful story of a woman who would do anything to protect her family, and the young man who risked everything to save her. In the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth, and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks.Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy), a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son, John. As the nation turns against her, Surratt is forced to rely on Aiken to uncover the truth and save her life.

I have to say, the trailer doesn’t really do it for me, but frankly I don’t care. Imma watch the ass off this thing.

TK Burton is an Editorial Consultant. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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