justin long cast in robert redfords the conspirator

Everytime I see Justin Long I want to burst into laughter. Not because he’s weird looking or anything, but because he’s been featured in some of my favorite comedies. According to THR, the actor is about to make a serious shift to drama in Robert Redford‘s highly publicized, The Conspirator.

The Conspirator tells the story of Confederate sympathizer Mary Surratt (Robin Wright Penn), who was tried as a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination, and Col. Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy), who reluctantly agreed to defend her before a military tribunal. Long will portray Aiken’s friend and confidante who happens to be a soldier who lost a limb in war. Is it bad that I kind of giggled when I read that description? There I go again, thinking of him in terms of comedy.

This film will definitely give Long the opportunity to show the world what he’s made of when it comes to drama. He’ll be working closely with McAvoy, who I think is one of the most talented young actors in the industry, and taking direction from the legendary Robert Redford. I wonder what he pulled in his audition, because I have to admit this is a brave choice.

What do you think of Justin Long joining The Conspirator?