McAvoy, Penn Join “Conspirator”

James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn are set to star in the period drama “The Conspirator” reports Variety.

Based on true events following the assassination of President Lincoln, Wright Penn will play Mary Surratt, the only woman among a group charged with conspiring to kill the president.

McAvoy will play Frederick Aiken, an idealistic young war hero who reluctantly defends Surratt and in the process comes to believe she is innocent.

James Solomon wrote the script and Robert Redford is set to direct. Filming kicks off in October.