Our friends over at First Showing got an interesting little scoop this afternoon, picking up some casting news from Robert Redford’s upcoming Lincoln assassination film The Conspirator. A friend of FS’ Alex Billington ran into RocknRolla star Toby Kebbell, who said that he was in town to work on The Conspirator and that he’s playing John Wilkes Booth.
For those who missed 6th grade history, Booth was the man that pulled the trigger on President Abraham Lincoln in Box 7 at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865.
If this turns out to be true (all signs point to yes, as it’s first hand), Kebbell completes a cast that includes James McAvoy, Robin Wright Penn, Frederick Aiken, Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Alexis Bledel, Kevin Kline, and Tom Wilkinson. The film will follow the story of Mary Surratt (Wright Penn), the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination. “As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.” McAvoy will play her lawyer.
It is unknown as of yet how big of a role John Wilkes Booth will play in the film, as much of the story is told after the assassination. Booth was killed by authorities in a Virginia barn house 12-days after the assassination. Overall, I’d say Kebbell is an interesting choice — good to see that he continues to get work, as I enjoyed his performance in RocknRolla. He will also star in the upcoming Disney films Prince of Persia and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
UPDATE: It has been brought to our attention that The Playlist broke this story back on October 18. Somehow we missed that while pulling this story together. Either way, it appears as if Kebbell is in as Booth. Deal with it.