Get ready for Lincoln: The Prequel. If, after watching Benjamin Walker play Abe as a vampire hunter and seeing what Spielberg and Daniel Day Lewis bring out in November’s “Lincoln”, you are still thirsting for more on our 16th President, rest assured, here comes “The Green Blade Rises.” The Terrence Malick-produced, A.J. Edwards-written-and-directed biopic will focus on Lincoln’s childhood, where his future is clearly influenced by various adults in his life.
Jason Clarke and Diane Kruger are set to play young Abe’s father and stepmother, respectively, and now Deadline reports Wes Bentley and Brit Marling are joining the cast as well to play more influential adult figures in Lincoln’s childhood. Bently will play Lincoln’s first school teacher, while Marling will play Nancy, Lincoln’s mother who died when he was 9. The film will be shot in black and white and begins production this fall.
Marling has become the It Girl of the indie scene thanks to her dueling Sundance breakouts in “Another Earth” and “Sound of My Voice” in 2011, both of which she also co-wrote. She can currently be seen playing Richard Gere’s daughter in thriller “Arbitrage” and recently completed work on another indie she co-wrote and starred in, “The East.” She’ll next be seen opposite Robert Redford and Shia Labeouf in “The Company You Keep.”