FIRST LOOK: Daniel Day Lewis in the Title Role of LINCOLN Directed by Steven Spielberg
Published: August 7, 2012 - 6:52am
The upcoming period piece, which features the My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood star and Academy Award-winner Day Lewis playing the role of the iconic president, is scheduled theatrical release later this year.
Lincoln, directed by Stephen Spielberg, stars two-time Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln. The film 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.
Joseph Gordon Levitt (Inception) will portray Lincoln's eldest son Robert Todd Lincoln, who was the only one of Abe's children to live past their teen years. Tommy Lee Jones (No Country For Old Men) has signed on to play Thaddeus Stevens, a Republican leader and congressman from Pennsylvania who was vital in helping Abe's efforts to rid slavery. Sally Field is set to play Abe's wife Mary Todd. Jared Harris has signed on to play Union general Ulysses S. Grant. Lee Pace, James Spader, Jackie Earle Haley, David Oyelowo, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, David Costabile, Byron Jennings, Dakin Matthews, Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong, David Warshofsky and Joseph Cross also star. Lincoln is a DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, Participant Media production opening in limited release November 9, expanding November 16, 2012.