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Steven Spielberg's historical drama 'Lincoln' is shaping up to be a strangely British affair. After news that Daniel Day-Lewis would be portraying President Abraham Lincoln, word has just come down that the part of Ulysses S. Grant, Union general during the Civil War and future president himself, has been assigned to Jared Harris. Harris, the son of legendary late actor Richard Harris, is probably best known for his role as Lane Pryce on AMC's wildly successful series 'Mad Men.' Harris will also be seen next month as the sinister Prof. Moriarty in 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.' No release date for 'Lincoln' has yet been set.
I'm a big fan of Jared Harris. I think the decision to cast him as Moriarty was absolutely perfect and I can't wait to see him in 'A Game of Shadows.' I will admit I'm having trouble wrapping my head around his casting as Grant. But with the right makeup and a believable 19th century American accent, which I'm sure he is talented enough to pull off, I suppose the illusion will be more convincing. The film is based on the book 'Team of Rivals,' by Doris Kearns Goodwin which focuses on Lincoln's conflicts with the men of his cabinet during the events leading up to, and following, the Civil War. I would therefore prefer Spielberg cast actors with great skill and discipline no matter what country they hale from rather than be restricted to casting only American actors and getting stuck with someone who doesn't have the chops.
What do you guys think of this piece of casting?