There Will Be Mud…slinging: Daniel Day-Lewis set to star in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” biopic

22 Nov

Variety is reporting big news out of Hollywood that Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis will star as Abraham Lincoln, in Steven Spielberg’s long anticipated biopic of the 16th President. It was announced Friday that the Gangs of New York star would be taking on the role in the film, which takes a look at Lincoln’s conflicts with his own cabinet members during the Civil War, marking the first time the actor has worked with the famed director. Spielberg is working with scribe Tony Kushner, who received an Oscar nomination on his work with the director for 2005’s Munich, and filming is expected to begin next fall, with a release set for late 2012. The news comes at a busy time for Spielberg, who is currently shooting the WWI story War Horse, is in post-production for a big screen Tintin movie, and is squeezing in Lincoln before he gets back into the business of blockbusters with Robopocalypse, about the human race after a robot uprising.

Word that Day-Lewis, arguably the best living film actor, will be working with Spielberg, arguably the best director, is exciting news for fans of either. That the project is going to be a Lincoln biopic doesn’t thrill me as much as something a bit more original, but ‘Munich’ and ‘Gangs’ are on the list of our favorite movies of the decade, and we’d see Daniel Day-Lewis in anything (even Nine). Spielberg, when he tackles the serious stuff, proves his worth as a “film” director – Schindler’s List, Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, The Color Purple. All are amazing works made by an auteur, and say what you will about his popcorn flicks, but simply said, he’s the best at what he does. It’s about time these two finally teamed up, and we can’t wait to see the outcome.

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