Spielberg grants Harris key ‘Lincoln’ role

Brit thesp will play Ulysses S. Grant

Steven Spielberg has placed another Brit in a key role for the DreamWorks drama “Lincoln,” as Jared Harris has been cast as Ulysses S. Grant.

London-born Daniel Day-Lewis is starring as Lincoln, with Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.

Based on “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, the “Lincoln” screenplay has been written by Tony Kushner. Kathleen Kennedy and Spielberg are producing.

The film will focus 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. Grant, who later became the 18th president, was the most successful Union general, starting with victories at Shiloh and Vicksburg.

Disney hasn’t set a release date for “Lincoln.”

Harris, son of the late Richard Harris, is best known for his portrayal of Lane Pryce on the AMC series “Mad Men.” He’ll be seen next as Professor Moriarty in “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.”

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