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Robert Redford to Direct Lincoln Assassination Film

Posted: August 18th, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Robert Redford to Direct Lincoln Assassination FilmSubmit Comment
Robert Redford (Quiz Show) will direct the historical drama "The Conspirator," the story of Mary Surratt, alleged conspirator of Abraham Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth.

A Washington D.C. boardinghouse owner who sympathized with the Confederates, Surratt was allegedly part of the plot to kill Lincoln, supplying Wilkes Booth and his accomplice David Herold weapons at her tavern after the assassin had shot the president at Ford's Theater.

Surratt's son John was also alleged to be part of the conspiracy. Mary Surratt was eventually convicted and hanged for conspiring to kill the president; her son went on the lam and eventually was put on trial but was never convicted, living until 1916.

The pic will also center on a young Union hero named Frederick Aiken who was appointed to defend Mary Surratt, and who comes to believe that the widow is innocent.

The new movie is written by James Solomon (The Bronx is Burning) and is scheduled to begin shooting this fall. Producers are currently in the casting process, with James McAvoy (Wanted) said to be at the top of their list for one of the lead roles.

Source: THR


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Johnny Neat writes:
on August 18th, 2009 at 9:47:26 AM

This is what happens when Steven takes too long to do a possible definitive Lincoln biopic.
minkowski writes:
on August 18th, 2009 at 10:15:50 AM

Well, I hate to spoil the ending, but I can't contain mysefl: Suratt hangs.

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Ranger writes:
on August 18th, 2009 at 12:26:36 PM

Redford can do no wrong.
geek is good writes:
on August 18th, 2009 at 1:08:31 PM

i just hope in this one they let abe live.
mdp711 writes:
on August 18th, 2009 at 2:31:08 PM

@minkowski...you spoiled it!!!
Ranger writes:
on August 18th, 2009 at 3:03:37 PM

I knew better than to look...lol.
DoucheNozzle writes:
on August 18th, 2009 at 3:16:52 PM

Ranger, I'm guessing you haven't seen Lions for Lambs. It's not godawful, but it is bad enough.
mattjudge62 writes:
on August 18th, 2009 at 4:28:44 PM

ive always liked movies about this part of our history, i have a good feeling this one will be good with rr directing im sure i heard on the radio today its his 73 bd
Ranger writes:
on August 18th, 2009 at 5:14:36 PM

It is so!

Happy Birthday Charles Robert Redford Jr!

At Douche - nope. Have you seen MegaForce with Barry Bostwick?! Time I'll NEVER, EVER get back!
Vexatious Disease writes:
on August 18th, 2009 at 10:03:22 PM

nobody want to see borning history films

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