First Official Image of Daniel Day-Lewis From Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN; In Theaters Nov 9
Check out EW.com for the first look at Daniel Day Lewis in the title role of LINCOLN directed by Steven Spielberg. It has been over 60 years since an actor was Oscar nominated for his role as the 16th President (Raymond Massey for ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS, 1940) and only 10 pairs of male actors have been nominated for playing the same character or historical figure. Expect Lewis to join that list when the Academy Awards nominations for Best Actor are announced next year.
Based on the best-selling book, Team of Rivals, by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the screenplay has been written by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Award winner, and Academy Award nominated writer Tony Kushner. It will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg.
LINCOLN focuses on the last four months of the president’s ’s life and the political strategizing he undertook at the close of the Civil War to ensure that slavery would be forever outlawed. “Our movie is really about a working leader who must make tough decisions and get things done in the face of overwhelming opposition,” Spielberg says.
The film features David Strathairn, Jared Harris, Jackie Earle Haley, Gulliver McGrath, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.
LINCOLN is a DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, Participant Media production opening in limited release November 9, expanding November 16, 2012.