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Sally Field to Play Daniel Day-Lewis' Wife in Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln Movie

by Edward Davis
April 13, 2011 11:00 AM
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Lest you think women past 40 don't really have much of a career in Hollywood... ok, that can often be true in our culture of ageism and youth, but more to the point, 64-year-old actress Sally Field has landed the role of her late-era career. Sure, the actress already has two Best Actress Oscars under her belt, "Norma Rae" (1979) and "Places in the Heart" (1984), but these days she's remembered for "Mrs. Doubtfire" more than anything else.

The actress may wipe away the memory of that piffle as she's just been cast alongside Daniel Day-Lewis to star in Steven Spielberg's upcoming, and long-gestating Abraham Lincoln picture (titled "Lincoln") that originally had Liam Neeson in the lead role (DDL is a much stronger fit, frankly). Though as a reader reminds us, she's been on Spielberg's mind for this project since 2007.

Field will play Day-Lewis' wife and it's the first casting announcement of many that is likely coming down the pike since the film is said to be gearing up for a Chicago shoot this fall.

"I'm excited to be working with Sally for the first time," Spielberg in a statement just released by DreamWorks. "I've admired her films, and she has always been my first choice to portray all the fragility and complexity that was Mary Todd Lincoln."

The film will center on the sixteenth President of the United States as he guides the North to victory during the Civil War and the political clashes between Lincoln and the officers of his cabinet during this era.

Penned by Tony Kushner, the screenplay is based on the book "Team of Rivals," by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and composer John Williams is already locked in to do the score.

2011 will be a banner year for Steven Spielberg. The venerable, and prodigious, filmmaker will not only have two films release within a few days of each other, "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" on December 23 and "War Horse" on December 28 (expect one of those dates to move up to late November), he'll have another film in production. The 64-year-old is certainly not showing any signs of slowing down. [THR]

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8 Comments

  • Kevin Jagernauth | April 14, 2011 2:01 AMReply

    I'm really wondering if Sally Field is gonna be able to match up the intensity DDL is gonna bring. Then again, I can't remember the last movie she was in that really tested her talents either.

  • James | April 14, 2011 1:33 AMReply

    Very interesting that she's 11 years older than Day-Lewis, while in real life the reverse was true. Lincoln himself was 9 years older than his wife.

    Not objecting to this at all, just noting it.

  • sp | April 13, 2011 12:49 PMReply

    Thank goodness, Spielberg didn't go the youth obsessed route and hire an actress in her 30's ( or even younger ) . I am still a fan of Sally Field's performances in ' Sybil ' and ' Norma Rae '.

  • Maxim | April 13, 2011 12:42 PMReply

    Spielberg waited many long years for the screenplay - it's not about Oscars or even actors - it's about the possibility of greatness.

  • Edward Davis | April 13, 2011 12:41 PMReply

    Forgot that she had been mentioned for the role way back when. Thanks for the reminder.

  • James | April 13, 2011 12:34 PMReply

    Definitely great casting, but this was announced back in Fall 2007, this is just the official press release.

  • gonad | April 13, 2011 11:50 AMReply

    Sounds great. He'a also got Robopocalypse in development, so it's possible he'll dive straight into that straight after. The stills from War Horse looks great, Spielbergs got the cream of the young British acting crop in that - Toby Kebbell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and so on. Tintin looks encouraging too, I'm keen to see how Spielberg uses digital and 3D. Good stuff.

  • Smash Tit-house | April 13, 2011 11:25 AMReply

    so what's the over under on this thing getting nominated for 10-12 oscars in 2012?

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