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Daniel Day Lewis and Steven Spielberg ready Lincoln bio for November

"Lincoln," with Oscar-winning shape-shifter Daniel Day Lewis in the title role as the 16th president, is set for a November 9th release, positioning Steven Spielberg's biopic for Oscar consideration --and for four score and seven other awards

Daniel Day Lewis and Steven Spielberg ready Lincoln bio for November

Daniel Day Lewis contemplates his lunch, and his Lincolnesque facial hair.
Daniel Day Lewis contemplates his lunch, and his Lincolnesque facial hair. Photo: Michael Phillips/Splash

The vampire thing didn’t work so well, but maybe that’s a good thing for Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day Lewis and company. In Lincoln, the historical/political/bio-drama based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Day Lewis portrays the 16th president of the United States, tracing his rise from one-term congressman and prairie lawyer to the White House, and then on into the cataclysms of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter this is not.

Spielberg has maintained that he wouldn't release Lincoln until after the presidential election in November -- he didn’t want the film to become politicized by either the Obama or Romney camps. (That said, Spielberg is a big Obama supporter.)  But now DreamWorks/Disney has set a release date: On November 9, the Friday following the elections, the film will open in a few top markets. A week later, everywhere. Sally Field is Mary Todd Lincoln in the film, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Robert Todd Lincoln, the First Couple’s son and future Secretary of War, Jared Harris is Ulysses S. Grant and Tommy Lee Jones is Thaddeus Stevens, the powerful Pennsylvania Congressman. If Day Lewis doesn’t nab an Oscar nomination for this one, then they’ve all done something seriously wrong.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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