USA Today has debuted six images from Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, the director’s upcoming story dealing with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, telling the story through the life of Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), an alleged conspirator of assassin John Wilkes Booth (Toby Kebbell).
I have featured the new photos below along with information corresponding to each, but for the complete descriptions you can visit USA Today here.
Along with the images, USA Today’s Anthony Breznican has written up a piece accompanying the image debut describing the film as something of a “Law & Order: Civil War Unit,” following the race to hunt down the small band of Confederate sympathizers who helped plot the 1865 assassination of Lincoln in Ford’s Theater.
In discussing the focus of the film as being on Surratt, the titular conspirator, Redford says, “There was a question of whether she was complicit, guilty by association, or even more guilty. The lawyer that defended her didn’t want to defend her. He was a Union soldier who became a lawyer.”
While Breznican compares it to a tired TV show, Redford compares it to his personal classic, All the President’s Men, in explaining why he didn’t chose to focus on Lincoln’s assassination and instead uses it as a setup, “All the President’s Men was very similar, because you had this big historical event taking place, but what people didn’t know was what these two reporters did, digging in under the radar. You didn’t need to show Nixon a lot.”
The film does not yet have a distributor, but based on the cast, which also includes Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin Kline, and Stephen Root and Redford’s involvement I expect it will find distribution soon enough and wouldn’t be surprised to see it entered into the Toronto Film Festival.