Jackie Earle Haley has sighned on to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, he will take on the role of Alexander Stephens. Stephens was vice president of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War and a nemesis of Lincoln’s slavery reform agenda. He’s remembered for an infamous speech in which he said that slavery was the “natural condition of blacks and the cornerstone of the Confederacy.” The Spielberg-directed movie begins filming this fall and DreamWorks is eyeing a late 2012 release date, following the presidential elections. Daniel Day-Lewis plays Abraham Lincoln, Sally Field plays Mary Todd, and Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also star. Haley, whose career was revived with his Oscar-nominated performance in Little Children, is presently in London filming the Tim Burton-directed Dark Shadows movie for Warner Bros.
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