First Official Look At Daniel Day-Lewis As Abraham Lincoln In Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’
EW has unveiled this first official look at Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming biopic ‘Lincoln.’ Based on the best-selling book ‘Team of Rivals’ by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and adapted for the screen by Tony Kushner and Goodwin himself, the story focuses on the life of the former President, focusing on the man’s rise to politics and his role in the Civil War. Steven Spielberg tells EW that Daniel Day-Lewis captures not just the likeness of the 16th US president in the above image, but also the intangible, pensive quality that made him a historic leader, “Lincoln had a very, very complicated – and at the same time, extremely clear — inner life. He thought things out. He talked things out. He argued both sides of every issue. And he was very careful in making any decision. As a matter of fact, his opponents and his enemies criticized him often for being impossibly slow to a decision.”
Alongside Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th American President Abraham Lincoln, ‘Lincoln’ stars the likes of (takes a deep breath) Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, David Costabile, Byron Jennings, Dakin Matthews, Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong, David Warshofsky, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Lee Pace, Jackie Earle Haley, David Oyelowo and Jared Harris (catches breathe). In the US, the film will hit limited theaters on November 9th before expanding wider on November 16th. It lands in UK cinemas from January 25th. Look out for a ’Lincoln’ teaser trailer shortly. The synopsis for ‘Team of Rivals’ can be read below.
Soon to be a major motion picture, Lincoln, from Steven Spielberg, with a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning writer Tony Kushner, and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the President and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. In this mega bestseller, the acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln’s political genius in a highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. 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. Lincoln succeeded because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires. It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.
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