New Set Photos from Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN, Including First Look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt

     December 19, 2011

The first images from the production of Lincoln caused a stir because Daniel Day-Lewis looks amazing in character as Abraham Lincoln.  Among a new round of set photos, we have our first look at a mustachioed Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest son of our 16th president.  Not quite the same impact, but Gordon-Levitt looks sharp in period costue.

The shoot is on location in Old Towne Petersburg in Virginia to take advantage of the period architecture.  Along with the Gordon-Levitt photo, there are a couple of pictures that pull back for a broader view of the set that give you a sense of the scope and detail of Steven Spielberg‘s production. Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, and Jared Harris also star.  Lincoln is expected to hit theaters in late 2012.  Hit the jump for the photos.

Production supervisor John West praised the virtues of Old Towne to Progress Index [via On Location Vacations]:

“The remarkable period architecture found in Richmond and Petersburg make central Virginia the ideal location for this production… It’s great because as a filmmaker you don’t get always get that opportunity to film where someone historical once stood… Lincoln actually was here.”

Here is the synopsis for Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, which serves as the basis for screenplay by John Logan, Paul Webb, and Tony Kushner:

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.

Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded was the result of a character that had been forged by life experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because hepossessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.

This capacity enabled President Lincoln to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to preserve the Union and win the war. [Barnes & Noble]

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