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Robert Redford is ready to give directing another shot (no pun intended) with a film that revolves around the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Variety reports that James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn have signed on to star in the film.
The Conspirator tells the story of alleged conspirator Mary Surratt (Penn), the lone woman in the group charged with conspiring to kill Lincoln. Surratt’s attorney, Frederick Aiken (McAvoy), reluctantly defends her and eventually grows to believe she’s innocent.
The film will be the first financed by the American Film Co. headed by Joe Ricketts. The company was formed with the goal of creating historically accurate American stories. To help achieve this goal, Lincoln assassination experts Thomas Turner and Us Army regimental historian Col. Fred Borch will be advisers on the project.
Redford’s last directing project Lions for Lambs was a flop, even with big names »
- David Pohl
Another Lincoln news -- this time, it's an update on a Lincoln story we brought you last month -- "Robert Redford Beats Steven Spielberg to the Punch! Actor-Director to Make "Lincoln" Movie!" (August 18).
Wright Penn will play Mary Surratt, the only woman charged with conspiring to kill president Abraham Lincoln. McAwoy will play Frederick Aiken, a young Union hero who defended Surratt, and eventually realized that the widow might have been innocent.
James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn will star in the Robert Redford-directed "The Conspirator," the period drama based on true events following the assassination of President Lincoln.According to Variety, Redford will produce with Wildwood Enterprises' Greg Shapiro and Bill Holderman and American Film Company executives Robert Stone, Webster Stone and Brian Falk.James Solomon wrote the script. Redford last directed "Lions for Lambs."Wright Penn will play Mary Surratt, the only woman among a group charged with conspiring to kill the president. McAvoy will play Frederick Aiken, a Civil War hero who reluctantly defends Surratt and in the process comes to believe she is innocent.The American Film Company has hired Pulitzer Prize winner James McPherson, Lincoln assassination expert Thomas Turner and U.S. »
- Adnan Tezer
Back when the first mention of Robert Redford's The Conspirator movie was mentioned, casting James McAvoy was just an idea that the director had in his mind. Today Variety is reporting that the Wanted star is signed in the drama where he'll play a Civil War hero who comes to defend the woman accused of conspiring to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
The film is being bankrolled by American Film Company, a company that was founded by stock market biz man Joe Ricketts to finance movies that tell lesser known events from American history. "Stories from our history are often more compelling than fiction," Ricketts said. "Mary Surratt's trial is a powerful, relevant story."
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- Patrick Sauriol
James McAvoy has signed on for The Conspirator; Robert Redford's true-life historical drama about the events following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Robin Wright Penn will be co-starring.The script is by James Solomon, who also wrote Redford's Lions For Lambs. McAvoy will play Frederick Aiken, the lawyer defending Penn's Mary Surratt in the wake of the assassination. Surratt was the only woman charged among the conspirators, and was the first woman to be executed by the United States Federal Government, in 1865. Her trial was somewhat irregular as she was a civilian convicted by miltary tribunal. There's a school of thought that her major "crime" was to be the mother of the conspirator John Surratt, and that her arrest was designed to flush him out of hiding.Variety reports that this is the first film to come under the banner of entrepreneur Joe Ricketts' American Film Co: formed »
The film is a period drama that is based on the true events following the assassination of President Lincoln. The film is being financed by the American Film Co. It is run by online brokerage entrepreneur Joe Ricketts.
The script is written by James Solomon.
Wright Penn will play the role of Mary Surratt. She was the only woman in a group of men that was charged with conspiring to kill the president. McAvoy will play the part of Frederick Aiken. He is a young war hero who doesn't want to defend Surratt, but then comes to feel that she is innocent.
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