Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ Casts Almost Every Actor In SAG

Thursday, May 5 by

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.

After scoring Sally Field and Daniel Day-Lewis, what does Spielberg do for an encore?

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)

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  1. May 5, 2011 5:17 pm


    You are really accusing the most legendary director of all time and the one recently named (by people) the most influential celebrity of keeping a lower profile in the time when he has two vastly different projects (including an amazing prospect of seeing him compose in 3D) out the same month, producing a multitude of other works, running a studio and having a major tribute film done of keeping a lower profile.

    Also, Amistad was a masterpiece. A great, film with some of the most provocative and powerful scenes ever filmed.

    I know you were being sarcastic but talk about doing it poorly.

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