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DStv Online | Tue, 18 Sep 2012
Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is joining the television event
from executive producers Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions.
National Geographic Channel President Howard T Owens made the announcement that the director, producer, writer and actor known for his roles in
Saving Private Ryan
The Green Mile
The Da Vinci Code
, among many others, will serve as the on-camera host, historical commentator and narrator.
The historical thriller is based on Bill O’Reilly’s New York Times best-selling book
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
written with co-author Martin Dugard.
The two-hour production combines the stunning drama with CGI, in the signature style of the Scott brothers, with rare historical archives.
The cast includes:
Billy Campbell as Abraham Lincoln
Jesse Johnson as John Wilkes Booth
Geraldine Hughes as Mary Todd Lincoln
Graham Beckel as Edwin Stanton (who served as secretary of war under the Lincoln administration)
Shawn Pyfrom as Private John W Nichols.
“It's odd to say the killing of Abraham Lincoln is an unknown story, but it may as well be,” said Hanks.
“The depth of the intrigue, the breadth of the conspiracy and the bare-naked exposure of human nature is so timeless, it's a wonder how that seminal tragedy in our history could ever be explained in a few sentences: ‘Ford's Theater… John Wilkes Booth,’ etc. The murder of Lincoln is not a passage of our history — it was a signpost of our American character, then, now and forever.”
“Having someone like Tom who is so passionate about history and such an incredible storyteller join National Geographic Channel on this project will add even more energy and gravitas to this epic historical moment being retold for contemporary audiences,” said Owens.
“Only Hanks can add that unique poise, intrigue and dynamism that are his trademark to a film about one of the most significant, life-changing events in America’s young history,” added Ridley Scott. “His mastery always shines through and we can’t wait for viewers to be engrossed in this story.”
Hanks joins director Adrian Moat, Emmy Award-winning writer/Executive Producer Erik Jendresen and producer Mark Herzog's Herzog & Co. on the movie.
The movie is set to air globally on National Geographic Channel in early 2013 in 440 million homes in 171 countries and 38 languages.
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Directors & muses: Ron & Tom
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