What better time than to premiere the trailer for Robert Redford’s new film The Conspirator, than during the Sundance film festival, a festival the director/actor has been spearheading since 1985. The Conspirator, stars Robin Wright as Mary Surratt, the woman who was charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and James McAvoy as her lawyer. The film also boasts an impressive supporting cast which includes Robin Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin Kline, Stephen Root, Justin Long, Danny Huston and Jonathan Groff.
Here is the trailer.
Official Plot synopsis:
In the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth, and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks.
Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken, a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son, John. As the nation turns against her, Surratt is forced to rely on Aiken to uncover the truth and save her life.