Steven Spielberg casts David Strathairn in ‘Lincoln’

Long-delayed epic taking shape

Good Night And Good Luck lead David Strathairn has been cast as William Seward in the forthcoming epic about Abraham Lincoln, to be directed by Steven Spielberg.

William Seward was the Secretary of State under President Lincoln and a strong advocate for the abolishment of slavery. On the night of Lincoln‘s assassination Seward was also targeted.

The Oscar-nominated actor will join Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln and Sally Field as Lincoln‘s wife Mary Todd. Joseph Gorden-Levitt will play the president’s son, Robert Todd.

The film, a long-held passion project for Steven Spielberg, will be based on Doris Kearns Goodwin‘s biography, Team Of Rivals: The Political Genius Of Abraham Lincoln.

Strathairn was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of iconic newsman Edward R Murrow in George Clooney‘s Good Night And Good Luck. He also starred in LA Confidential and The Bourne Ultimatum and appeared in television shows House and The Sopranos.

President Lincoln will also be the subject of a very different biopic late next year in Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter, brought to the screen by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov.

Spielberg‘s Lincoln is due for release in December 2012.