Jackie Earle Haley Joins Spielberg’s “Lincoln”

Jackie Earle Haley (“Watchmen,” “Little Children”) has joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” reports Deadline.

Haley will play Alexander Stephens, the vice president of the Confederate States during the Civil War and a nemesis of Abraham Lincoln’s slavery reform agenda.

Stephens is remembered for an infamous speech in which he said that slavery was the “natural condition of blacks and the cornerstone of the Confederacy.”

Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also star. Shooting on the project kicks off this fall for a Decemeber 2012 release.