Daniel Day-Lewis will star as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s long-gestating biopic about the 16th President of the United States according to a just issued press release from DreamWorks Pictures.
Based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’ best-selling book “Team of Rivals” and adapted by multi-award winning playwright Tony Kushner, 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.
The film has been on Spielberg’s ‘to do’ list for years and Liam Neeson had been attached to play Lincoln since at least mid-2005 right up until July this year. Spielberg originally planned to make it his first post-“Munich” project but for various reasons the film kept getting delayed over and over again.
Now at last it is finally happening with shooting expected to get underway in the Fall next year for a late 2012 release through Touchstone Pictures.