You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Day-Lewis set for Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’

Actor to star in DreamWorks picture

Steven Spielberg has tapped Daniel Day-Lewis to star as Abraham Lincoln in the long-gestating “Lincoln” project for DreamWorks.

Friday’s announcement, made by Spielberg and DreamWorks co-chair/CEO Stacey Snider, came nine years after Spielberg first launched development of a Lincoln biopic and five years after he’d held talks with Liam Neeson to portray the 16th president.

Tony Kushner penned the adaptation of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s 2005 book “Team of Rivals.” Spielberg will direct and will produce with Kathleen Kennedy.

Story focuses on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet. Filming is expected to begin next fall for release in the fourth quarter of 2012 via Disney’s Touchstone distribution label.

Kushner worked with Spielberg on “Munich,” drawing an Oscar nomination in the adapted screenplay category.

DreamWorks bought rights to Kearns Goodwin’s book in 2001, way before it was completed.

“Team of Rivals” looks at Lincoln’s presidency between 1861 and 1865 with a focus on the three Cabinet members who ran against Lincoln in the 1860 election — Edward Bates (attorney general), Salmon Chase (secretary of the treasury) and William H. Seward (secretary of state) — and Lincoln’s ability to deal effectively with the profound political and personal conflicts during the Civil War.

Spielberg announced last month that he’d direct futuristic drama “Robopocalypse” for DreamWorks with principal photography starting in January 2012 for a release in via Disney in 2013. “Lincoln” move won’t change the start of “Robopocalypse,” which explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.

Spielberg has been in London shooting the bigscreen adaptation of WWI story “War Horse.” Disney and DreamWorks will release the film Dec. 28, 2011, one week after Universal and Sony release another Spielberg-directed project, “The Adventures of Tintin: Secrets of the Unicorn.”

Neeson said this summer that he was no longer interested in the role.

As for Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” will be the first film he’s done since last year’s “Nine.” He’s been in only three other pics — “There Will Be Blood,” “The Ballad of Jack and Rose” and “Gangs of New York” — in the past decade.

More Film

  • Tim Roth, Thierry Fremaux and Gaspar

    Tim Roth, Gaspar Noe Join Thierry Fremaux at Cannes Festival Cinema Week

    BUENOS AIRES — Kicking off with the Cannes Festival’s Palme d’Or winner, Hirokazu Kor-eda’s “Shoplifters,” and framing  multiple Cannes winners, the 10th Cannes Festival Cinema Week will feature a masterclass by Tim Roth, before a projection of “Reservoir Dogs,” and a presentation by Gaspar Noé of his Directors’ Fortnight hit “Climax.” Curated and M.C-ed by [...]

  • 'El Negro,' 'Continente,' 'Mussolini' Ventana Sur

    Ventana Sur: 'El Negro,' 'Continente,' 'Mussolini' at Filmar – Doc Factory Pitching Sessions

    Mauricio Fernando Minotti’s “El Negro,” Alejo Franzetti’s “El último continente” and Toia Bonino’s “Mussolini mi ha detto” figure among the 18 feature documentary projects selected for pitching at Ventana Sur’s Filmar – Doc Factory section. The event marks the final stage of Argentina’s INCAA Film Institute’s Incubadora, a six-month work process to develop documentary projects [...]

  • FilmSharks Snags International Rights To 'The

    FilmSharks Snags International Rights To 'The Adopters' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Argentine sales agency FilmSharks Intl. has inked international rights to “The Adopters,” a comedy production from Tomás Lipgot’s Buenos Aires-based Duermevela, Pablo Ingercher’s Oh My Gómez Films and Patricio Rabuffetti-founded Non Stop. A same-sex romantic comedy, “The Adopters” marks the second solo directorial effort of Argentine Daniel Gimelberg, who debuted with “Before” and co-directed “Hotel [...]

  • Korea Box Office Weekend: ‘Default’ Wins

    Korea Box Office: ‘Default’ Wins Again, ‘Nutcracker,’ 'Mortal Engines' Fail to Excite

    Korean-made financial drama, “Default” remained on top of the South Korean box office for the second consecutive weekend. The CJ Entertainment release earned $4.95 million from 631,200 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $19.9 million after two weekends on release. “Bohemian Rhapsody” also remained in second. The Fox release earned $4.79 million [...]

  • Ventana Sur: Meikincine Picks Up ‘Just

    Ventana Sur: Meikincine Takes ‘Just Love,’ ‘Super Crazy’(EXCLUSIVE)

    BUENOS AIRES — Lucia and Julia Meik’s Buenos Aires boutique sales company Meikincine has acquired international sales rights to two of the more mainstream Argentine propositions at this year’s Ventana Sur: Andy Caballero and Diego Corsini’s “Just Love,” and “Re Loca,” the Argentine remake of Chile’s “Sin Filtro.” The “Re Loca” deal is for world [...]

  • Priyanka Chopra Variety Power of Women

    Ivanhoe Pictures Boards Priyanka Chopra’s ‘The Sky is Pink’

    “Crazy Rich Asians” producer Ivanhoe Pictures has come on board Priyanka Chopra’s family drama “The Sky Is Pink.” Ivanhoe will co-invest and co-produce. Fact-based, “Pink” is written and directed by top director Shonali Bose and is based on the life of motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhury. The film is Chopra’s first in India since her U.S. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content