Press Trust of India
November 21, 2010 10:57 IST
Hollywood star Daniel
Day-Lewis will play 16th US president Abraham Lincoln in a
biopic to be directed by Oscar-winner Steven Spielberg.
Lincoln, adapted by playwright Tony Kushner from
Doris Kearns Goodwin book Team of Rivals. Spielberg has been
attached to the project for years and earlier Liam Neeson was
attached to star as Lincoln.
Kushner and Spielberg had earlier teamed up for
Oscar-nominated Munich. Spielberg will begin filming the
movie next year. He is also producing the biopic with Kathleen
Kennedy, the Hollywood Reporter said.
"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," said Spielberg.
"I am grateful and inspired that our paths will
finally cross with Lincoln," he said in a statement.
The film will focus on the political collision of
Lincoln and his cabinet over abolition and the end of the
DreamWorks expects to have the film in theaters late
in 2012 through Disney's Touchstone label.
Day-Lewis recently starred in musical Nine and 2007
film There Will Be Blood, for which he won an Oscar for best
"Throughout his career, (Daniel) has been
exceptionally selective in his choice of material...which
makes us feel even more fortunate that he has chosen to join
with us for Lincoln," said DreamWorks co-chairman and CEO
Spielberg has a busy year ahead. He is currently
filming War Horse, which will release on December 28, 2011,
and he is set to start filming Robopocalypse in January 2012
for a 2013 release. The Lincoln shoot will take place in
between. He has also directed The Adventures of Tintin: The
Secret of the Unicorn.