It was announced today that Daniel Day-Lewis will play the 16th President of the USA in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, contrary to many previous rumors that Mr. Lincoln would be portrayed by Liam Neeson.
Spielberg and Stacey Snider (co-chairman / CEO of DreamWorks Studios) commented on this casting news:
“Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film or even some time in cinema’s distant future. I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with Lincoln,” said Steven Spielberg. “Throughout his career, he has been exceptionally selective in his choice of material,” added Stacey Snider, “which makes us feel even more fortunate that he has chosen to join with us for Lincoln.”
The screenplay for the film is based on the 2005 book Team of Rivals, written by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and was penned by writer Tony Kushner, who previously worked with Spielberg on Munich. Regarding the direction the film will take:
It is anticipated that the film 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.
We could be in for some very intense, powerful viewing.
Spielberg’s last film was 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which didn’t meet a great reaction from fans of the franchise. I thought it was okay, but nothing special. The director has two films coming out in 2011: War Horse, and The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn (which I’m especially looking forward to). Next year should show us whether he’s back on form, and considering how many brilliant films he’s made in the past, I really hope he is.
As for Daniel Day-Lewis, he was absolutely fantastic in There Will Be Blood and Gangs of New York, and to be honest, I’m looking forward to seeing him play anyone in the future, especially as it’s quite a rarity for him to actually take up a role. Let’s just hope Lincoln is less in-your-face about the President’s greatness than the 1939 film Young Mr. Lincoln.
Filming for Lincoln will apparently start in fall 2011, in anticipation of a fourth quarter 2012 release. This will most likely shoot before Robopocalypse then.