Manhunt - The 12-Day Chase for Abraham Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson Portrait, HK$144 Silence hangs over the movie of James Swanson's Manhunt. Despite hoopla about Harrison Ford being cast to play Colonel Everton Conger, who led the hunt for John Wilkes Booth, assassin of US president Abraham Lincoln, the role of Booth remains unfilled in the docudrama to be directed by Ecuadorian Sebastian Cordero. Swanson thinks Johnny Depp is perfect for the real-life actor who put a bullet in the back of Lincoln's head at the Ford Theatre on April 14, 1865, then escaped by jumping from the presidential box. Swanson, a Washington, DC, lawyer and historian, has drawn on a wide range of source material, including contemporary reports, official documents and letters, to piece together Booth's flight south with the help of sympathisers, ending with his being cornered by Conger's cavalry on a tobacco plantation in Virginia. Swanson's swansong is the final showdown against a backdrop of confusion and fear in the Capitol of renewed war by the surrendering Confederacy. A fresh and adventurous angle on a much written-about event.