Legendary director recently picked the new project over several other possibilities

Spielberg Builds 'War Horse' Cast

on June 17, 2010
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Source: Empire

Veteran thesps Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis and Benedict Cumberbatch will support newcomer Jeremy Irvine in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of War Horse, a novel that focuses on a boy and his horse during World War I. Niels Arestrup, Celine Buckens, Nicolas Bro, David Kross, Leonard Carow, Rainer Bock, Robert Emms and Patrick Kennedy have also signed on.

The project comes as something of a surprise considering that Spielberg has been kicking around such high profile projects as a Lincoln biopic.

Tags: Steven Spielberg, Patrick Kennedy, Robert Emms, Rainer Bock, Leonard Carow, David Kross, Nicolas Bro, Celine Buckens, Niels Arestrup, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Emily Watson
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