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    Daniel Day-Lewis to play President Lincoln in Steven Spielberg biopic

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    Finally! Steven Spielberg’s long-gestating biopic of President Abraham Lincoln has got a start date — and its star. Two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis will play the man on the five dollar bill in Lincoln, based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin’s best-selling biography of Lincoln’s presidency, Team of Rivals. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) has penned the screenplay, which in a release DreamWorks said will likely focus on “the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition [of slavery] and the end of the Civil War.” The film is scheduled to begin filming in the fall of 2011, with an anticipated release in the fall of 2012. In August, Liam Neeson announced he’d dropped out of playing the iconic president in the project, which briefly threw the film’s future in doubt.

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    I think Daniel's a good choice.
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    Excellent choice! Can't wait!
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    He will be fantastic in this, just like every other film he's in! Can't WAIT!!!
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    Isn't Liam Neeson also playing Lincoln in an upcoming movie or did I dream that?

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    Neeson was originally casted but dropped out.

    Spielberg's "Lincoln" starts production

    By Robert Kirchgassner | Staff Reporter
    Published: Sunday, November 21, 2010
    Updated: Sunday, November 21, 2010

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    Although Neeson was originally cast as Lincoln, Day-Lewis appears to be a promising replacement.

    Thanksgiving is just about here and, as some people might already be aware, the 16th U.S. president Abraham Lincoln was the one who made it a national holiday.

    It is somewhat appropriate then that Dreamworks Studios announced this week that Steven Spielberg's long-delayed film, "Lincoln," finally has a start date for production. Filming is set to begin in autumn of 2011, with a release date in late 2012.

    "Lincoln" has often been referred to as Spielberg's dream project, so it's exciting that after such a wait, the film is going to be on cinema screens in the near future.

    Spielberg's period drama "Amistad" was, until now, his only film to take place in roughly the same time period as Lincoln's presidency. There was a brief reference at the tail end of the film informing the audience that the events of the story's setting became one of the factors leading to the Civil War.

    Daniel Day-Lewis was officially announced to play the title role. Liam Neeson, who worked with Spielberg in "Schindler's List," had been attached to the project since 2005, but reportedly dropped out due to the delays. He also insinuated that, at 58, he feels he is now too old for the role, since Lincoln was killed when he was 56.

    I still think Neeson would have been wonderful as Lincoln. After all, Hal Holbrook is still playing Mark Twain on the stage, even though the actor is now older than the author lived to be.

    Day-Lewis is an exceptional second choice for the role, however. Aside from the fact that he's a great actor, the Irish thespian impersonates an American accent effortlessly, as he proved in "The Last of the Mohicans."

    Day-Lewis has already made visits to Illinois, where Lincoln began his political career. According to the State Journal-Register, the actor toured several sites in Springfield on Friday such as the Lincoln Home, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, the Old State Capitol and Lincoln's law office.

    The film will be primarily based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Team of Rivals," published in 2005. The screenplay will be written by Tony Kushner, who wrote the script for Spielberg's film "Munich," and will focus primarily on the efforts of Lincoln to bring about abolitionism as the Civil War reached its end; efforts which often led him to collisions with his cabinet.

    I'm excited that the epilogue of "Amistad" is now about to segue into a bigger piece of cinema.

    The News Record

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    I can't wait to watch this.. DDL will be totally brilliant in this role.

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    This'll be good !
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