Daniel Day-Lewis To Play Abraham Lincoln In Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 19, 2010 6:57 AM
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Will Hit Theaters Fall 2012



Daniel Day-Lewis is set to play one of the most iconic figures in American history, landing the role of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's long-gestating passion project "Lincoln."

The announcement is a massive surprise as earlier this summer Liam Neeson, long attached to the project, revealed that he was no longer involved leaving many to speculate the project was going to be Spielberg's "Napoleon." However, things are now in motion with a planned 4th quarter release for the film in 2012.

"Lincoln" will be based on the best-selling book, "Team of Rivals," by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and featuring a script by Tony Kushner ("Angels In America") it's believed the plot 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."

Even more exciting is that this one is moving quickly with production set to begin in fall 2011 in anticipation of release one year later the fourth quarter of 2012. The project will keep Spielberg busy for the foreseeable future. He’s currently working on the WWI drama “War Horse” which he will be prepping for a December 28, 2011 release. On top of that, he’s also got “Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” opening five days before on December 23, 2011 (we’re still in mild disbelief; and we figure one of those two films are going to move out of the way). And don't forget about "Robopocalypse," a project Spielberg signed on to last month. That is expected to go in front of cameras in January 2012 for a 2013 release.

This is easily the biggest news of the week hands down, and a tremendous exciting development. Daniel Day-Lewis standing in the shoes of Abraham Lincoln is something we can't wait to see, and seems to continue an ongoing run of roles for the actor where he plays old timey Americans (except for "Nine" but let's not talk about that film). We presume this means Lewis' intense preparation begins now so just remember to address him as Abraham next time you drop off some shoes for him to cobble. [Thompson On Hollywood]

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11 Comments

  • free bee | February 20, 2011 5:00 AMReply

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  • Russell | November 21, 2010 4:31 AMReply

    Hard to convey the idea of Lincoln (or any great figure) on film because, by necessity, not everything can be included. Folks revere him as bigger then life and film has to downsize for time. Reviewers will seek historians opinions, the author herself might not be happy with the screen adaptation. A lessor known person ( Neeson's 'Schindler' for example) forms our opinions of the man, from the film. Looking foward to seeing it. Hope they leave out the vampires.

  • Max | November 21, 2010 12:22 AMReply

    What the hell are you talking about? Daniel Day-Lewis was superb in "There Will Be Blood." As he is in pretty much everything he does.

  • sp | November 20, 2010 8:02 AMReply

    Daniel Day-Lewis is immensely talented, but I loathe and irked his over- the -top performances. The perfect example is his turn in "There Will Be Blood".

  • Kim | November 20, 2010 12:59 AMReply

    Amazing casting. Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the best if not the best actor working today. He will be perfect to play Lincoln. I am beyond excited for this project.

  • Stephen | November 19, 2010 11:08 AMReply

    rodie: Most towering figures of American political history have been under explored in film. You ever seen a great movie about George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, or Andrew Jackson? I agree this ought to be remedied, but Lincoln is about the only one with some good movies made about him, especially John Ford's "Young Mr. Lincoln," a true masterpiece that is unfortunately not well known.

  • Hayden Maxwell | November 19, 2010 9:10 AMReply

    I guess this means Silence isn't happening anytime soon :[

  • Paul | November 19, 2010 8:32 AMReply

    I though Tim Burton was directing Monsterpocalypse.
    Great casting with Lewis.

  • rodie | November 19, 2010 7:54 AMReply

    Wow, this is awesome news. Lincoln is such a towering figure in U.S. history, only he's been woefully under explored on film. Daniel Day-Lewis is going to rock this role, and this just became my #1 must-see film of 2012. Sweet.

  • Jeff | November 19, 2010 7:43 AMReply

    It's Napoleon with an O, not an A.

  • BradZuhl | November 19, 2010 7:38 AMReply

    No offense to Liam Neeson but this is PERFECT CASTING! The powerhouse trio of Spielberg, Kushner and Lewis is going to make this something special to behold.

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