May 28, 2017

Liam leaves Spielberg’s “Lincoln” in the lurch

By Sean O’Connell This is kind of depressing. Apparently Liam Neeson no longer is attached to Steven Spielberg’s long-gestating Abraham Lincoln biopic.

“I’m not actually playing Lincoln now. I was attached to it for a while, but it’s now … I’m past my sell-by date,” Neeson told GMTV.

That doesn’t make that much sense, giving that Neeson’s currently acting much younger than his actual age (58) in action thrillers like “The A-Team” and “Taken.” And we’d have not trouble believing him in the role of our nation’s 16th president.

Instead, it sounds like Neeson just tired of waiting for Spielberg, who has a habit of announcing titles that take their own sweet time getting out of his overcrowded pipeline. Right now, IMDB has 18 titles listed as “In Development” on the director’s slate. How many of those will see the light of day is anyone’s guess.

In the meantime, Neeson has signed to play another former U.S. president — Lyndon B. Johnson — in Lee Daniels’ civil rights drama “Selma.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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