At this rate there won’t be a moment of Abe Lincoln’s life – real or fictional – that hasn’t been committed to film. We’ve already had him fighting vampires and this autumn we get Spielberg’s look at his later life. Now Jason Clarke has signed up to star in The Green Blade Rises, about the President’s younger years.
None other that Terrence Malick is producing the movie, while his regular collaborator AJ Edwards is writing and directing the movie. Deadline says the film ‘tells of the formative years of the 16th US president and the hardships that shape him including abandonment by his father (Jason Clarke) in the harsh winter wilderness, a tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. Clarke’s character has a callous, quiet demeanor, verbally and physically abusive towards Abe on many occasions, but lets his son know how proud he is of him. He is married to Sarah Lincoln (played by Diane Kruger), Abe’s beautiful stepmother.’
It doesn’t sound like this will all be about Lincoln cutting down cherry trees and never telling lies then.
Aussie actor Clarke’s profile is likely to rise soon with roles in Lawless, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby and White House Down.