Gloria Reuben Set To Film Abe Lincoln Pic in VA
In a new interview with Empire, the director revealed that production will begin next month in Virginia. Spielberg also discussed how the emancipation proclamation will be an integral part of the plot.
“I was interested in how he ended the war through all the efforts of his generals…but more importantly how he passed the 13th Amendment into constitutional law. The Emancipation Proclamation was a war powers act and could have been struck down by any court after the war ended…But what permanently ended slavery was the very close vote in the House of Representatives over the 13th Amendment – that story I’m excited to tell.”
But how will he tell it? Is this Amistad 2? “Amistad is much more visual than Lincoln is going to be. It feels very much like a procedural. It shows Lincoln at work, not just Lincoln standing around posing for the history books…arguably the greatest working President in American history doing some of the greatest work for the world,” said Spielberg.
Our only question is: Who will play Frederick Douglass? Casting information has been available for the white characters, yet no details have emerged on any black roles. Although Rueben’s name has been attached to the project since the top of the year, no details have been released about her role in the film.