“I’m so excited to work with one of the greatest actors of our time,” Spielberg recently told the Chicago Sun-Times about working with DDL. “He wouldn’t say ‘yes’ for years. He even turned me down seven years ago when I asked him to play Lincoln. I think he was intimidated. You think about playing Lincoln, and it’s true that he was too great a man."
But Spielberg kept chasing his first choice, and thanks to a solid screenplay, he eventually bagged the mercurial actor. “So, Daniel said no, but I kept on going back to him. Then Tony Kushner wrote the screenplay and Daniel had never read his script. When he did read it, he understood the man.”
Not only does he understand him, as recent set photos have shown, he's a dead ringer for him too. Certainly Spielberg couldn't ask for any better actor to take on the lead role in what will be one of the biggest movies of his career, and we'll be curious to see the results. Will DDL's performance be matched by a script and movie worthy of his immersion in the part? We'll find out when "Lincoln" hits theaters in December 2012.