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The "Blade Rises" For Jason Clarke

By Garth Franklin Wednesday September 5th 2012 11:43AM

Australian actor Jason Clarke ("The Great Gatsby," "Lawless") is in negotiations to play one of the male leads in the Terrence Malick-produced "The Green Blade Rises" says Deadline.

A.J. Edwards helms and penned the film which tells of the formative years of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln. The story deals with the hardships that shape him including abandonment by his proud and abusive father Tom (played by Clarke) in the harsh winter wilderness.

The tragedy marks him forever. Clarke joins a cast that includes Diane Kruger as Abe's stepmother.

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