DreamWorks Studios today announced that two-time Oscar winning actress Sally Field has joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln film. The actress will play Mary Todd Lincoln, wife to the 16th President of the United States. Daniel Day-Lewis was cast as Lincoln last November.
Here are quotes from the press release:
“I’m excited to be working with Sally for the first time,” said Steven Spielberg. “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.”
“To have the opportunity to work with Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis and to play one of the most complicated and colorful women in American history is simply as good as it gets,” said Sally Field.
The screenplay for the film, currently titled Lincoln, 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. 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. Shooting will begin later this year for release in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The Academy should just give them the Oscars now.