The casting of Robert Redford’s The Conspirator has been completed, Variety has reported.
The period movie, that will be directed by Redford himself, will star James McAvoy, Robin Wright Penn, Tom Wilkinson, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline and Alexis Bledel.
The Conspirator is set in the time after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Mary Surratt (Robin Wright Penn), is charged as a co-conspirator in President Lincoln’s assassination.
Surrat is charged because she owns the boarding house where John Wilkes Booth (played by Tony Kebbell) and his accomplices had planned the attacks.
James McAvoy plays a not-quite-sympathetic defence lawyer, Fredrick Aiken, assigned to the case, who later comes to believe in Surratt’s innocence.
Alexis Bledel plays Fredrick Aiken’s wife, Justin Long his best friend, and Rachel Wood plays Mary Surratt’s daughter.
Kevin Kline is Abraham Lincoln’s War Secretary in the movie, while Tom Wilkinson will essay the rold of Reverdy Johnson, an U.S. senator and ex-attorney general who is sympathetic to Surratt.
The Conspirator has been written by James D. Solomon and produced by Brian Peter Folk, Robert Redford, Greg Shapiro, Robert Stone, and Webster Stone.
The movie will be released in 2010.