Lee Pace Hops From 'Hobbit' to 'Lincoln'

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Lee Pace is all over the place these days.

Although some of us have been fans since spotting him in Tarsem Singh's sobfest "The Fall" or TV's "Pushing Daisies," Pace is taking it to the next level (and leaving "Marmaduke" in the dust) with bigger and better roles all the time. As we know, he's vamping it up in "Breaking Dawn" as Garrett and traveling to Middle Earth to rule over the Elves as Thranduil.

But that's not all! He's just signed on for a role in Steven Spielberg's star-studded "Lincoln," where he'll play pro-Confederate NYC Mayor Fernando Wood.

Not cool, dude. Not. Cool. No doubt Lincoln, aka Daniel Day-Lewis, will have something to say about that!

"Lincoln," which is not to be confused with "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," has a crazy cast that includes Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field, David Strathairn, John Hawkes, James Spader, and basically every noteworthy actor currently alive and kicking.

As if that wasn't Oscar-baity enough, it's based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin, "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," and boasts a screenplay by another Pulitzer Prize-winner, Tony Kushner.

According to Deadline, the folks behind the hefty chunk of Hollywood are aiming for the 2012 Oscar season. I guess they're counting on the Maya being wrong about that whole end-of-the-world deal on December 21, 2012. And now, we have yet another reason to hope they are -- if only to stare into Lee Pace's piercing peepers one last time.

In the meantime, you can also catch Lee Pace as a hilariously wanky director in the loveable indie "Ceremony," directed by Max Winkler. That's right, Henry's son is all grown up and made himself a damn fine romantic comedy drama that you should rent ASAP!