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Harrison Ford Joins the Civil War.

Published September 20, 2005 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage
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In this latest addition of 'What They Are Doing Now', we take a look at the current developments of Harrison Ford including his upcoming projects. Though entirely absent for 2005, except when he helped Amazon deliver orders during the summer, Ford has quite a few big-hitters coming our way beginning in 2006. Actually, his biggest film, Indiana Jones IV, will come in 2007, but nevermind that right now.

Considering that Ford should be enjoying free time since his load for 2006 isn't strained [yet], maybe the upcoming Civil War thriller Manhunt will keep him busy.

Manhunt Gets Ford

Though the words Civil War thriller is rarely mentioned, if ever, the upcoming film Manhunt has definitely earned some nice attention with Harrison Ford jumping on board. According to Variety, Walden Media picked up Harrison Ford to play war hero Col. Everton Conger, leader of the search for Abraham Lincoln's assassin.

Manhunt will focus on the tense days after Lincoln's assassination in 1865 and follow the New York Cavalry as it solves the mystery that eventually leads to John Wilkes Booth, a conspirer behind a plot that threatens to plunge the nation back into war. Col. Everton Conger was in command of the troops when they tracked down Booth to a Virginia barn 12 days after Lincoln was shot.

You can get a head start on Manhunt by purchasing James L. Swanson's upcoming book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, the same novel that the film is based on. I appreciate Walden Media's efficiency on adapting a book that isn't even released yet; nice work.

And, speaking of nice work, Walden Media will soon be delivering a slew of blockbuster films that includes The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe and Charlotte's Web.

Now we have to ask ourselves if adding Harrison FORD to a story about Lincoln is just one more coincidence in the JFK/Lincoln paradox. Wasn't JFK killed in a FORD automobile and Lincoln killed in FORD's theatre? Creepy!

Stay tuned for updates.

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