Daniel Day-Lewis, who won Best Actor Oscars for his roles in “My Left Foot” and “There Will Be Blood”, will star as Abraham Lincoln in DreamWorks Studios’ “Lincoln”. Oh, and “Lincoln” will be directed by a guy named Steven Spielberg, you may have heard of him, he’s kind of a big deal.
“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.’”
For years Spielberg’s choice to play Lincoln was Liam Neeson. Neeson is a nice actor, but this is the most badass possible casting I can imagine for an actor to play the 16th president. However, this may be difficult to watch because I’ll spend the entire time waiting for him to tap his glass eye with the tip of a knife like Bill “The Butcher”.
This has Oscar bait written all over it. In addition to the prestige Spielberg and Day-Lewis bring to any film, “Lincoln” is based on the best-selling book “Team of Rivals” by Pulitzer Prize winner Dorris Kearns Goodwin, and the script was adapted by Tony Kushner, who has his own Pulitzer, as well as a Tony and an Academy Award nomination for “Munich”.
Filming for “Lincoln” will begin in fall of 2011, with an eye for a 2012 release via Disney’s Touchstone label.