Variety reports that Liam Neeson is in talks to star as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln biopic, which would begin production after Spielberg wraps up work on The War of the Worlds. Production is expected to begin in January 2006.
The movie has long been a Spielberg passion project. The movie will focus on Lincoln’s victory in the Civil War and will be based on a biography by Doris Kearns Goodwin titled The Uniter: The Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Paul Webb has turned in his most recent draft of the screenplay.
Dreamworks will be distributing the project.