Last year, Steven Spielberg ended on a medium note. War Horse did exceptionally well with audiences while The Adventures of Tintin could have seen better days domestically. Now, Mr. Spielberg is heading back further in time to bring us the tale of Abraham Lincoln. There will be no vampires in this version, and hopefully no crystal skulls, but we can assume there will be an astounding performance by Daniel Day-Lewis. (P.S. the header picture is a fake.) Read on to check out the first poster and image from Lincoln.
I’m not the biggest fan of period pieces, but when you have someone at the caliber of Daniel Day-Lewis and such an iconic figure like Abraham Lincoln, only good things will come of this. And 2012 seems to be Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s year – The Dark Knight Rises, Looper, Lincoln, and the dud Premium Rush. This movie also seems to love the idea of grabbing actors with hyphens in their last names. Check out honest Abe below in the first poster from Lincoln. (Click to enlarge the image):
What I’m worried most about this flick is to see how turned off people are about the idea of an Abraham Lincoln movie right after we received that wet fart of a movie, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. I worry for the sake of this movie potentially being good, but not seen by many because of that horrible excuse of an adaptation. Read what Spielberg had to say about our country’s 16th president:
“Lincoln had a very, very complicated – and at the same time, extremely clear — inner life. He thought things out. He talked things out. He argued both sides of every issue. And he was very careful in making any decision. As a matter of fact, his opponents and his enemies criticized him often for being impossibly slow to a decision.”
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.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Spielberg goes on to speak about Day-Lewis’ performance:
“Daniel was always conscious of his contemporary surroundings. Daniel never went into a fugue state. He did not channel Lincoln. All that stuff is just more about gossip than it is about technique.”
How much will Daniel Day-Lewis embody Lincoln? I believe, visually, that he does a damn good job. Check out the first image below to see for yourself.
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.
For those not enthused by this biopic, perhaps this movie would interest you instead? (Photoshopped image by Scott from MovieViral.com)
Lincoln is a DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, and Participant Media production opening in limited release November 9, expanding November 16, 2012.