When Steven Spielberg says “jump,” all of Hollywood says, “okay.”
Wait. I screwed it up. Nevermind. The big takeaway from that idiom was that Spielberg, despite a lower profile in recent years, can still command quite a turnout. Take, for instance, his current project, Lincoln, about the 16th president of the United States.
He gets Joseph Gordon-Levitt (the thinking man’s Shia LaBeouf). And Tommy Lee Jones. And Hal “The Hammer” Holbrook. And then, once he’s found his groove, he calls up James Spader. And then he hands the Spader call off to his assistant so he can speak with John Hawkes. Cause everyone knows it’s not a period piece in the south until The Hawk is on board.
(Due to schedule constraints, I’ll just list the other actors cast in Lincoln.)
They are: Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, David Constabile, Byron Jennings, Dakin Matthews, Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong and David Warshofsky.
All these actors are listed as “in negotiations,” so there might be a few additions or subtractions, but it’s Spielberg. You don’t say no to the guy that directed Amistad. You just don’t. (Variety)