The list of actors who have played President Abraham Lincoln is a long, illustrious, and colorful one — from Joseph Henaberry (in the extremely controversial Birth of a Nation) to Benjamin Walker (in the extremely disappointing Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter) with Walter Huston, Jason Robards, F. Murray Abraham, Henry Fonda and about a dozen others in between.
Now, Daniel Day Lewis is about to grace screens as the 16th US President for Steven Spielberg in Lincoln, an Oscar bait bio-pic that may very well stand as the definitive cinematic statement on one of our most beloved and yet poorly understood Presidents.
If anyone can reach back into history, mine the past and convey the complexity of this unquestionably great man it is Tony Kushner – the man who wrote Angels in America, Spielberg’s Munich, and who co-wrote this.
Partially based on the book “Team of Rivals” by noted Presidential historian Doris Kearns-Goodwin, Lincoln also boasts an impressive supporting cast with Jared Harris, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, David Stratharin, Lee Pace, Sally Field, Jackie Earle Haley, Hal Holbrook (who played Lincoln in North and South) and others.
Below is the synopsis official synopsis and the full one sheet which Disney released today.
Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln” is produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox film, in association with Participant Media, releases in U.S. theaters exclusive on November 9, 2012, with expansion on November 16, 2012.