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Entertainment Weekly reveals the first official look at Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln and details about the film

08.07.2012

Spielberg with lens on ground

The richness of color and character in this picture is exactly what you'd expect from a collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis. Meaning it is all kinds of fantastic and somehow even better than I'd imagined after all this time of expectation.

Tony Kushner (MUNICH) adapted the screenplay for LINCOLN from the book "Team of Rivals" by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, which deals with the last four months of Lincoln's life and focuses "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."

Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln official

Here's to hoping that, unlike WAR HORSE, Spielberg's next has a bit of grit and grime to it. Lincoln helped lead the United States througha forge of fire and come out alive (not Lincoln, the USA), and it was a tough time for many more reasons than the Civil War. Indeed, the abolition of slavery came about for many more reasons than Lincoln simply being a nice guy. And on that note, Spielberg said that “Lincoln’s realization that the Emancipation Proclamation, the thing he is most known for, was simply a war powers act that would easily be struck down by any number of lawyers after the cessation of hostilities after the Civil War... He needed to abolish slavery by constitutional measure — and that’s where we start.”

I fully believe that Spielberg is fully capable of delivering a comprehensive and piercing look at all the levels of difficulty that Lincoln encountered while attempting to keep this country on a steady course, both as a human being and as our President, so long as he keeps his bearded biopic away from the dangerously tempting qualities of Oscar bait. He managed it once with in this latter chapter of his career with MUNICH (my vote for the Best Picture of 2005), and I look forward to seeing if he can do it again.

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Extra Tidbit: After a few performances where he seemed less-than enthusiastic, I'm stoked to see Tommy Lee Jones play Thaddeus Stevens, “one of [Lincoln's] most engaging and challenging adversaries [and] a radical member of Lincoln’s own party."

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1:43PM on 08/08/2012

Wow!

Holy shit does he ever look so much like Lincoln. Just incredible. Prepared for goosebumps galore during this film.
Holy shit does he ever look so much like Lincoln. Just incredible. Prepared for goosebumps galore during this film.
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9:03PM on 08/07/2012
Would've loved to see Neeson tackle it, but I have to say, my interest for this film didn't change one iota when when Day-Lewis was cast; they went from one hell of an actor to one hell of another actor. I'm sure he'll rack up another boatload of awards/nominations for this one.

As for comments of not being able to get over the Plainview voice when you look at the photos, it's understandable, but to be fair, I thought the same thing before I saw any footage from There Will Be Blood. Except
Would've loved to see Neeson tackle it, but I have to say, my interest for this film didn't change one iota when when Day-Lewis was cast; they went from one hell of an actor to one hell of another actor. I'm sure he'll rack up another boatload of awards/nominations for this one.

As for comments of not being able to get over the Plainview voice when you look at the photos, it's understandable, but to be fair, I thought the same thing before I saw any footage from There Will Be Blood. Except at that time, I still had Bill Cutting's voice in my head, and I forgot it pretty quickly when I heard his voice for the first time in the trailers.
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8:00PM on 08/07/2012

Finally...

I'm excited to see some news on this film. I too can't wait to see a trailer and hear DDL speak as Lincoln (with that no doubt Kentucky accent that he had). I hope it wasn't too hard to master for DDL, but if anyone can do it, he can.

Let's see some "Lincoln".
I'm excited to see some news on this film. I too can't wait to see a trailer and hear DDL speak as Lincoln (with that no doubt Kentucky accent that he had). I hope it wasn't too hard to master for DDL, but if anyone can do it, he can.

Let's see some "Lincoln".
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3:36PM on 08/07/2012
I want a trailer damnit! For some reason, I can't for the life of me imagine how DDL will sound as Lincoln. I just keep hearing his Daniel Plainview voice in my head... "I have a competition in me... I want no one else to succeed." I'm sure whatever he does with the part will be FANTASTIC.
I want a trailer damnit! For some reason, I can't for the life of me imagine how DDL will sound as Lincoln. I just keep hearing his Daniel Plainview voice in my head... "I have a competition in me... I want no one else to succeed." I'm sure whatever he does with the part will be FANTASTIC.
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3:32PM on 08/07/2012

The Theater!

I can't believe no one has mentioned that he is sitting at the theater where he gets shot. That makes this photo even more incredible
I can't believe no one has mentioned that he is sitting at the theater where he gets shot. That makes this photo even more incredible
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2:59PM on 08/07/2012
I got the same feeling as when I first saw Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock.
I got the same feeling as when I first saw Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock.
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1:33PM on 08/07/2012
There is so much goodness going on here, I seriously am having a hard time staying objective. Daniel Day-Lewis might be a better Lincoln than Liam Neeson was (we'll never know), and the cast and behind-the-scenes talent is so promising. And yes, Munich was my personal pick for 2005 as well, and it didn't win a thing.

Tommy Lee Jones is probably my favorite actor, but he's best when he's not playing some stock character like in "Captain America," and actually gets to dig into his characters.
There is so much goodness going on here, I seriously am having a hard time staying objective. Daniel Day-Lewis might be a better Lincoln than Liam Neeson was (we'll never know), and the cast and behind-the-scenes talent is so promising. And yes, Munich was my personal pick for 2005 as well, and it didn't win a thing.

Tommy Lee Jones is probably my favorite actor, but he's best when he's not playing some stock character like in "Captain America," and actually gets to dig into his characters.
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12:42PM on 08/07/2012

Holy Crap

Are we sure that's not just a picture of ol' Abe himself? Because....DAMN! That nearly took myb reath away. Fantastic.
Are we sure that's not just a picture of ol' Abe himself? Because....DAMN! That nearly took myb reath away. Fantastic.
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12:31PM on 08/07/2012

Wow

...I mean, really, that's all I can say. Wow.
...I mean, really, that's all I can say. Wow.
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12:22PM on 08/07/2012
looks fucking fantastic.
looks fucking fantastic.
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12:12PM on 08/07/2012
I can not wait for this movie.
I can not wait for this movie.
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11:40AM on 08/07/2012
Fuck I couldn't be more excited for this.
Fuck I couldn't be more excited for this.
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