Steven Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln biopic, Lincoln, has been languishing on the director’s “To Do” list for years. The project finally picked up steam last November when it was announced that Daniel Day-Lewis would play Lincoln and that shooting would begin this fall. A few weeks ago we learned that Sally Field would be playing Mary Todd Lincoln, and today we’ve learned that Spielberg plans to shoot the film in Virginia. The AP reports that the film, which is based off Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, will shoot in Richmond and Petersburg. I expect that over the summer we’ll hear casting for the other major roles: Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of Treasury Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of State William H. Seward, and attorney general Edward Bates.
Hit the jump for a synopsis of Goodwin’s excellent book. Lincoln is set for a 4th-quarter 2012 release date.
Here’s the synopsis for Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals:
An analysis of Abraham Lincoln’s political talents identifies the character strengths and abilities that enabled his successful election above three accomplished candidates, in an account that also describes how he used the same abilities to rally former opponents in forming his cabinet and winning the Civil War. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of No Ordinary Time.