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.”

More Film

  • Durban Fest ‘Springs’ for Emerging Filmmakers

    Durban Fest ‘Springs’ for Emerging Filmmakers

    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 […]

  • South Africa's Jenna Bass on Race,

    South Africa's Jenna Bass Explores Race, Class and Gender in 'High Fantasy'

    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 […]

  • (L to R) Young Rosie (ALEXA

    'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,' 'The Equalizer 2' Eye Debuts Above Forecasts

    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 […]

  • Durban 2018 Panel on Sexual Harrasment

    For Black Women in South African Film Biz, Equality Still a Struggle

    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 […]

  • 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Teases Spider-Ham

    'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Teases Spider-Ham, Other Webspinners

    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 […]

  • Venom Comic-Con

    'Venom' Creators Promise 'Huge World,' Tease Spider-Man Fight

    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 […]

  • Bully

    Film News Roundup: Danny Trejo's Dark Comedy 'Bully' Scores Distribution

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content