British movie star David Strathairn has landed the role of former U.S. Secretary of State William Seward in Steven Spielberg's upcoming Abraham Lincoln epic.
Seward was recovering from injuries sustained in a carriage accident when a wannabe assassin linked to the group behind Lincoln's murder attempted to kill him on the same night the president was shot and killed.
Seward fought off his attacker.
Daniel Day-Lewis will portray Lincoln in the movie, while Sally Field will play First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln.
The film will also feature Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and John Hawkes.