Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field are already set to star in Steven Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln film as the 16th President of the United States and his wife, and now the director has cast his supporting roles.
According to the press release sent out by DreamWorks Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill and Joseph Cross are in negotiations to join the cast.
Tommy Lee Jones will play Thaddeus Stevens, a Republican leader and powerful congressman from Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives. Stevens was a staunch supporter of abolishing slavery and was critical to writing the legislation that funded the American Civil War.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known for his roles in Inception, (500) Days of Summer, and next year’s The Dark Knight Rises, will take on the role of Robert Todd Lincoln, eldest son of President Lincoln and the only one to live past his teenage years.
Also in negotiations to join the film are David Costabile, Byron Jennings, Dakin Matthews, Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong, and David Warshofsky.
The screenplay for the film, currently titled Lincoln, is based on the 2005 book Team of Rivals, written by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and was penned by writer Tony Kushner, who previously worked with Spielberg on Munich. The film will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War. Shooting will begin later this year for release in the fourth quarter of 2012.