‘The Conspirator’ gets Blu-Ray release date

Lionsgate has announced that the political drama THE CONSPIRATOR, from director Robert Redford and starring James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson, Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long and Alexis Bledel (television’s Gilmore Girls), will be released on Blu-ray in a deluxe edition and for a limited time will be available in a collectible foil-stamped packaging on August 16, 2011. The film follows the trial of Mary Surratt (Robin Wright) who is the only woman charged as a co-conspirator in the trial of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. She must have faith in her skeptical lawyer (James McAvoy) to prove her innocence and save her life.

Extra features include:
– Feature-length documentary about the plot to kill Lincoln
– Interviews with the cast and crew
– Numerous featurettes on the making of the film and the true story behind it
– Blu-ray Exclusive: Image galleries
– Blu-ray Exclusive: Video commentary with Robert Redford

Alexis Bledel in on the act – interview

We all know John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. But have you also heard the tale of Mary Surratt, a boarding-house owner who was convicted of participating in the conspiracy to kill him? No? Well, don’t worry, neither did Alexis Bledel, who co-stars in “The Conspirator,” a Robert Redford-directed film based on the true-life tale of Surratt and the plot to assassinate our 16th president.

“I had no idea. I had never heard this story!” laughed Bledel during a recent interview. Luckily, she got up to speed once she stepped into some Civil War-era petticoats.

Is this your first time appearing in a period film?

It’s the first one I’ve done that is a true story, that’s historically accurate with so much attention paid to detail. It was interesting to build the character and to make sure her social habits and speech were accurate.
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