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David Strathairn joins Steven Spielberg's Lincoln

Goodnight, and Good Luck

Story by Jack Foley

DAVID Strathairn has joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

The former Oscar nominee will play William Seward, who served as Lincoln’s Secretary of State from 1861 to 1869.

According to the history books, Seward was a passionate abolitionist and fiercely loyal to Lincoln. He served in his cabinet during the Civil War.

Strathairn will line-up alongside Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln and Sally Field as Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.

Commenting on the casting, Spielberg said in a statement: “Throughout his career, David Strathairn has consistently delivered performances of strength and character.

“That’s why I am so pleased that he will portray the Secretary of State, who became such a dominant figure in Lincoln’s ‘team of rivals’ cabinet.”

Lincoln is expected to focus on how the former president worked with his former rivals during his presidency to achieve his goals and maintain popularity.

It is reportedly based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s best-selling book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln and has been adapted for the screen by playwright Tony Kushner.

Production is due to commence this autumn with a view to having the film completed in time for a release in late 2012 – a prime Oscar slot.

In addition for being Oscar nominated for 2005’s Goodnight and Good Luck Strathairn has also won an Emmy for his work in HBO’s Temple Grandin.

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