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Robert Duvall to Play Robert E. Lee

July 28, 2001

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Robert Duvall has agreed to play Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in a prequel to the Civil War drama ``Gettysburg.″

Duvall will join Jeff Daniels, C. Thomas Howell and Tom Berenger in ``Gods and Generals,″ according to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.

The three actors are reprising their roles from ``Gettysburg,″ which starred Martin Sheen as Lee.

Writer-director Ron Maxwell adapted the screenplay for ``Gods and Generals″ from author Jeff Shaara’s book of the same name. Maxwell also wrote and produced 1993′s ``Gettysburg″ based on the historical novel ``The Killer Angels,″ written by Shaara’s father, Michael.

Although ``Gettysburg″ debuted on television, ``Gods and Generals″ is planned for theatrical release.

The prequel is scheduled to begin filming Aug. 28 in Lexington, Va.

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