Daniel Day-Lewis to Star in Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN; Filming Set to Begin in Fall 2011 for 4th-Quarter 2012 Release

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Earlier this year, Liam Neeson dropped out of the title role in Steven Spielberg’s long-in-development Abraham Lincoln biopic, Lincoln.  DreamWorks has now issued a press release saying that Daniel Day-Lewis will play the role of our 16th President.  According to the press release, the film is still based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s excellent book Team of Rivals with a script by award-winning writer Tony Kushner.

The press release also notes that “Filming is expected to begin in the fall of 2011 for release in the fourth quarter of 2012 through Disney’s Touchstone distribution label.”  That’s curious since, as we reported earlier, Spielberg was planning to direct an adaptation of Robopocalypse in January 2012.  Presumably, that project has now been pushed back.  Hit the jump to check out the press release.

daniel_day-lewis_01Here’s the press release:

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER DANIEL DAY-LEWIS

TO STAR AS LINCOLN FOR DREAMWORKS STUDIOS

Los Angeles, CA (November 19, 2010) – Two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis will star as the 16th President of the United States in DreamWorks Studios’ Lincoln to be directed by Steven Spielberg.  The announcement was made today by Spielberg and Stacey Snider, Co-Chairman and CEO of DreamWorks Studios.

“Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film or even some time in cinema’s distant future. I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with Lincoln,” said Steven Spielberg.  “Throughout his career, he has been exceptionally selective in his choice of material,” added Stacey Snider, “which makes us feel even more fortunate that he has chosen to join with us for Lincoln.”

Based on the best-selling book, Team of Rivals, by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the screenplay has been written by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Award winner, and Academy Award nominated writer Tony Kushner.  It will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg.

It is anticipated that the film will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.

Doris Kearns Goodwin won her Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time, the story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the home front in World War II.  Kushner’s prize was for his play Angels in America, which later became an Emmy Award-winning television special.  He had previously worked with Spielberg on Munich for which he was nominated for an Oscar in the Adapted Screenplay category.

Filming is expected to begin in the fall of 2011 for release in the fourth quarter of 2012 through Disney’s Touchstone distribution label.




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  • InfiniteMonkey

    Oh yeah, this is going to be really good. I’m not looking for this to be a blockbuster but, something really good to get into the mythos of. Can’t wait.

  • neo

    EPIC

  • pgitt

    This could be amazing! I was interested when Liam Neeson was going to play Lincoln. He definitely has the height, but not the slight build. They’ll have to make Day-Lewis look a little taller, but Hollywood has already been doing that for Tom Cruise. I really hope that Spielberg surprises me.
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  • Anonymous

    siiiiiick

  • Nick

    He’ll win an Oscar. So that category’s set two years from now

  • Binaural_00

    Thank you, oh Lord!!!

  • RudinFilargo

    Those confederates are just bastards in a basket!

  • RudinFilargo

    Those confederates are just bastards in a basket!

  • Wswanson13

    Hand Daniel Day-Lewis the Oscar, now!

  • noah

    seriously just saw DDL in Springfield, IL. pretty f’n awesome

  • Christophercantos

    if Spielberg really moves forward on this, then i’d be okay if he pushes Instellar again

  • Zomeckstudios

    I just hope this means that this will finally get made. I’m really excited for this news! Spielberg has been a busy bee I can’t keep track of all the movies he is currently attached too. He’s produced three movies this year and two summer movies for next year.

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  • whoa

    Holy fuckin shit, EPIC WIN!!!!!!!

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  • DylanD

    loved neeson, but lewis is second choice def has the right look and it DD-L!!

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  • Spirit Rider

    Yep. Daniel Day-Lewis looks very similar to Lincoln, much more so than Liam Neeson. This will be a great film and an Oscar winner for sure. Next to Washington, Lincoln is probably the most iconic, and recognized president and Lewis will do the role well. The civil war was really about ending slavery so I hope the film will touch on the Emancipation Proclamation and also show Daniel Day-Lewis giving Lincolns famous Gettysburg Address, as Lincoln, that would be cool.

  • Spirit Rider

    Yep. Daniel Day-Lewis looks very similar to Lincoln, much more so than Liam Neeson. This will be a great film and an Oscar winner for sure. Next to Washington, Lincoln is probably the most iconic, and recognized president and Lewis will do the role well. The civil war was really about ending slavery so I hope the film will touch on the Emancipation Proclamation and also show Daniel Day-Lewis giving Lincolns famous Gettysburg Address, as Lincoln, that would be cool.

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