In our personal age of utmost division and mistrust, Beletsky believes this story of an effort to violently unseat the president, and assault members of his warfare cupboard on the identical evening, nonetheless resonates as a result of it speaks to “the shattering of norms in how we take care of disputes—and simply our sense of security.”
“I feel the present has quite a bit about it that is very related,” she says. “This was a home assault that was so uncommon. Lincoln used to have the door to the White Home unlocked all through the warfare. So, homicide of this type was simply not achieved.”
Though Lincoln’s demise is the start line for the sequence, the sixteenth U.S. president nonetheless options prominently all through its episodes, largely in flashback, as a way of underscoring the stakes, the motivations of the pursuers, and the depth of the loss.
Tobias Menzies, finest recognized for Recreation of Thrones, Outlander, and for taking part in middle-aged Prince Phillip on The Crown, stars as Stanton, a pacesetter who had a bent to micromanage reasonably than delegate, taking over the total weight of issues that will have benefited from being shared. Beletsky says Menzies delivered that gravity. “He brings a excessive stage of intelligence to a task,” she says. “Stanton was one of many high trial legal professionals within the nation, and Tobias does it so convincingly that you simply imagine this man has been within the Supreme Courtroom, that he has been sitting with Lincoln.”
Lincoln himself is portrayed by Hamish Linklater, finest recognized for The Newsroom, Legion and enjoying the mysteriously charismatic priest from Midnight Mass. “There are solely so many actors who’re as vivid as Hamish and as tall as Hamish,” Beletsky says. “It takes a really courageous actor to tackle a task like this the place everybody thinks they know who this individual is. And Hamish was simply so open and curious and simply all the things you need in an actor. I’ll say his efficiency is likely one of the issues I am most pleased with.”