Director Robert Redford is currently filming The Conspirator, an upcoming Historical Drama starring Robin Wright, James McAvoy. The cast also includes Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Alexis Bledel, Kevin Kline, and Toby Kebbell.
Here below two spy pictures from the movie set of The Conspirator showing James McAvoy as Fredrick Aiken who was Surrat’s lawyer, and Evan Rachel Wood as Surrat’s daughter:(Click on a picture to enlarge it.)
“In the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice-President, and Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt, 42, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken, a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt: her own son.”
– Robin Wright Penn as Mary Surratt: the only woman among the group charged with killing the president.
– James McAvoy as Fredrick Aiken: an idealistic young war hero who reluctantly defends Surratt and in the process comes to believe she is innocent.
– Justin Long as Aiken’s best friend, a one-armed Civil War veteran.
– Evan Rachel Wood as Anna Surratt: Mary Surratt’s daughter
– Toby Kebbell as John Wilkes Booth
– Tom Wilkinson as Reverdy Johnson: the former attorney general who as U.S. Senator is the mentor to Aiken
– Alexis Bledel as Catherine Morgan: Aiken’s wife
– Kevin Kline as Edwin Stanton: Lincoln’s Secretary of War
Here’s a picture of the real Mary Surrat, the woman “who kept the nest that hatched the egg” (said President Andrew Johnson):
Mary Surratt was the only female co-conspirator in the Abraham Lincoln assassination and was the first woman to be hanged by the United States federal government… Not exactly a feat to be proud of… But still it gives some interesting material for a movie indeed!
Hope to get a picture of Robin Wright Penn as Mary Surrat in The Conspirator soon!