Daniel Day Lewis to play Lincoln...

www.unique-screenwriting.com-there-will-be-blood-daniel-day-lewis-hatDaniel Day Lewis, arguably the finest living actor in the world, has been cast in the role of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s much talked about bio-pic about the president.

From the Dreamworks press release:

abe lincoln“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. I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with Lincoln,” said Steven Spielberg. “Throughout his career, he has been exceptionally selective in his choice of material,” added Stacey Snider, “which makes us feel even more fortunate that he has chosen to join with us for Lincoln.”

Based on the bestselling book, Team of Rivals (penned by noted historian Doris Kearns Goodwin), the film (said to be being written by Tony Kushner), is expected to cover the political collisions between President Lincoln and his cabinet during the last days of slavery and the Civil War.

The project, set to begin shooting in the fall of 2011, had originally been thought to have Liam Neeson attached to the Lincoln role.  But reports began to surface in July that the actor had dropped out of the role, saying he was "...past his sell-by date...".

Lincoln is expected to be in theaters in the 2012 holiday season.

Revisionist History...

This news has me feeling a bit off...

ddlOn the one hand, not to sound too xenophobic or anything, but it kind of bugs me that in order to get a proper film made about one f the most significant men in American History it has to have a foreigner play him.

Not that I have an issue with Daniel Day Lewis or anything...

Heaven's no...

I am a huge fan of his work.  So huge that my wife and I bringing "role play" into the bedroom consist of us recreating the ending scene to There will be Blood (complete with bowling pin!).

daniel-day-lewisThat said, while it would have been nice to have an American actor playing Lincoln, if the role had to go to a foreign actor at least it is a swinging dick the caliber of Daniel Day Lewis.

The Academy may as well already commission the Oscar for the 2013 winner for Best Actor.

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