Liam Neeson pulls out of Lincoln movie

August 2nd, 2010

Liam Neeson is too old to play Abraham Lincoln.

The 'A-Team' star had been attached for several years to portray the former US president - who was assassinated in 1865 - in a Steven Spielberg-directed biopic but has now admitted he is no longer involved in the project.

Liam - who at 58 is two years older than the 16th US president was when he died - said: "I'm not actually playing Lincoln now. I was attached to it for a while, but it's now I'm past my sell-by date."

Though the Irish-born actor won't be starring as Abraham Lincoln in a movie, he will soon be seen playing another former US leader.

The 'Taken' star recently signed up to portray President Lyndon B. Johnson in Lee Daniels's civil rights drama 'Selma'.

The film - which will also feature Hugh Jackman, David Oyelowo and Lenny Kravitz - focuses on civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King's 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.