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Robert Redford’s Civil War ‘Conspirator’ teases trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We have been tracking Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” since witnessing its debut at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Lionsgate and Roadside acquired the historical drama at TIFF, and plans an April release. But this morning, you get your first extended look at the film’s trailer.

Redford’s “Conspirator” stars James McAvoy as Civil War attorney Frederick Aiken, a veteran of the Union Army who had been practicing law near the end of the bloody conflict and found himself defending Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), a Southerner accused of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth (Toby Kebbell) to kill President Abraham Lincoln.

Despite her claims of innocence, Surratt is railroaded through the Union-influenced justice system by a bloodthirsty Northern prosecutor (Danny Huston) while Aiken clings to the rights granted an individual in the Constitution, even though defending Surratt is far from the popular thing to do.

Yahoo! Movies has the trailer. We’ve also posted it below.

Redford’s “The Conspirator,” filmed on location in Savannah, Ga., will be in theaters on April 15.

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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 FilmCritic.com, 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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