Spielberg finds a general

Jared Harris is going to be playing Ulysses S. Grant in Spielberg’s Lincoln, according to Empire.  I’m not really familiar with Harris. Apparently he’s in Mad Men, a show I’ve never watched.

I’ve always said that if somebody put me in charge of casting a Civil War movie and gave me an unlimited budget, I’d want Russell Crowe to play Grant.  He’s a dead ringer.

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (LC-B813- 6371B)

If you’re going to cast an A-list actor like Crowe, though, it would probably be in a starring role, meaning you’d need some Grant-centric subject matter.  So who’s up for a Shiloh movie?


Filed under Abraham Lincoln, Civil War, History and Memory

5 responses to “Spielberg finds a general

  1. The picture here is a good match for Grant, obviously without the beard.

    I’m glad to see Bruce McGill cast as Stanton. No doubt his turn as a scheming, dirty-tricks, behind-the-scenes political operative in HBO’s Recount helped cinch that role for him.

    And he’s a Texan, of course. Could Stanton ever do this? I don’t damn think so.

  2. I’ve said for some time that I think Russell Crowe would be great as Grant! But, think of all the story lines possible if the movie is about Vicksburg.

    • Michael Lynch

      Vicksburg might make a good mini-series–you could weave in the stories of some of the town’s civlians during the siege.


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