Actor David Oyelowo attends the premiere of DreamWorks Pictures' "The Help" held at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Aug. 9, 2011 in Beverly Hills

* is reporting that actor David Oyelowo has joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” He has headed to Virginia and will play the role of a cavalryman.

Oyelowo takes the job while he’s concurrently shooting the Christopher McQuarrie-directed “One Shot” with Tom Cruise starring as Jack Reacher in the Lee Child novel series. Oyelowo plays the lead detective investigating a sniper massacre in Pittsburgh.

Oyelowo, last seen in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Help,” recently wrapped the Lee Daniels-directed “The Paperboy,” playing a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who teams with another reporter to investigate the possible wrongful conviction of a murderer. Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman also star.

Oyelowo will next be seen starring in “Red Tails,” the George Lucas-hatched drama about a crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program who persevered through segregation to get their chance to show their stuff in the air under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.