Academy Award nominee David Strathairn made a surprise visit to the Seward House Museum in Auburn Thursday.
Strathairn came to Auburn to research the life of William Henry Seward, whom the actor will portray in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” The film, based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s 2005 book, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” begins production this fall in Virginia and is scheduled for a fall 2012 release. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln, Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens.
Strathairn is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Edward R. Murrow in “Good Night, and Good Luck,” George Clooney’s 2005 drama about the CBS news anchor. The role earned Strathairn best actor nominations at the Academy Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes. He has also had roles in “The Sopranos” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.”
Lincoln appointed Seward as secretary of state despite the rivalry that developed between the two during their bids for the 1860 Republican presidential nomination.
The title of Goodwin’s book was inspired in part by the nature of Lincoln and Seward’s relationship.