Bringing up a casting update on Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln", Newsweek has revealed that Sally Field is joining Liam Neeson to take starring part in the famed filmmaker's biographical take on the 16th U.S. president Abraham Lincoln.
Here the two-time Oscar winner will portray Lincoln's wife Mary Todd, whom he married on November 4, 1842 after a troubled engagement that was marked by at least one breakup. Meanwhile, Neeson has already been billed as the titular character.
In developing the project, Spielberg will base it on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln", which is described to be "a multiple biography of the entire team of personal and political competitors that he put together to lead the country through its greatest crisis." Renowned playwright Tony Kushner has been appointed to make a rewrite on drafts written by Paul Webb and John Logan with Spielberg also producing alongside Kathleen Kennedy.
Field, widely known for her role in the 1960s sitcom "The Flying Nun", currently can be seen on the small screen playing Nora Holden Walker in the ABC hit drama "Brothers & Sister." Her Oscar winning performance as the title character from 1979's "Norma Rae" was ranked the fifteenth on the AFI's Heroes list in their compilation of the 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains.