Steven Spielberg is amassing his troops for his upcoming, massive biopic of Abraham Lincoln titled, appropriately enough, 'Lincoln.' The Hollywood Reporter reports that 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 DreamWorks picture.
'Lincoln' is shaping up to be an Academy Award skewing project, with Daniel Day-Lewis playing the 16th president of the United States and Sally Field as his wife, Mary Todd.
Jones will play Thaddeus Stevens, a Republican leader and congressman from Pennsylvania, who was a staunch abolitionist. Gordon-Levitt will play Robert Todd Lincoln, the president's eldest son.
'Lincoln' is based on 'Team of Rivals' by Doris Kearns Goodwin, which centered "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." Tony Kushner is adapting the work.
Other actors joining the project -- which will shoot this fall in Virginia for a late 2012 release via Disney's Touchstone label -- include David Costabile, Byron Jennings, Dakin Matthews, Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong and David Warshofsky.