I immediately began speculating who would play the part of part of John Wilkes Booth, although, I was uncertain, and still am, uncertain, as to exactly what part of Lincoln's life is featured in this biopic, although I would find it hard to believe Lincoln assassination wouldn't be covered, especially with Spielberg as director.
The response I received to my question was great. Leading guesses included Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Kline, Johnny Depp, Adrian Brody, Jude Law.
Yet, all these speculation was in 2006 and here it is President's day 2009 and we have no resolve to this question of who should play Booth, and what exactly is going on with this project. Neeson is going to be geriatric before this project gets under way at this rate, and Michael Cera, Joshua Jackson or Zac Efron will be old enough to play the part by the time production gets under way.
I've wondered if with the high interest in this 2008 political campaigns, and the way that Democratic Obama tried to tie himself to Republican Lincoln, along with Lincoln's Bicentennial just less than a week ago, if Spielberg either missed the boat of getting in on something really big, or if perhaps people would have been "Lincolned-Out" and it's just as well the project is delayed.
So in honor of President's Day, I thought I would ask "who should play the part of President Lincoln successor, President Andrew Johnson?"
Andrew Johnson is a unique president because his party line status is so bizarre. Vice President of a Republican president, he's from the South and detached himself from either party, a member of the National Union party and the Democratic party for various parts of his political career.
As Lincoln's vice president for just over a year, and then a President for less than 11 months, he's certainly one of the least respected presidents in American history, being the first president to ever be impeached.
Depending on how the story is told, he could easily have a significant supporting role in Spielberg's film.
And in fact, as I think about Andrew Johnson's short presidency, I think his story would make for a fascinating story on it's own.
Who would you cast to play the part of America's 17th president, President Andrew Johnson?