The cast for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln continues to amass greatness. According to Deadline, Jackie Earle Haley will be the latest terrific actor to hop on board the Abraham Lincoln biopic. Haley will play Vice President of the Confederacy Alexander Stephens (pictured above), who in 1861 proclaimed, “Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition.” Charming. And here’s a fun fact: despite being the Vice President of the Confederacy, Stephens was re-elected to Congress during Reconstruction.
Haley joins a cast that also features Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, James Spader, Walton Goggins, Tim Blake Nelson, and Lee Pace. As we reported yesterday, Lincoln will focus on the last four months of Lincoln’s life and Spielberg plans to release the film in 2012 after the Presidential election.