Just yesterday (from the time of writing this) there was yet another casting update for director Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, the cast of which encompasses just about every other decorated or well-respected American (and British) thespian alive today. However, the film has actually been in production on location in Virginia for well over a month.
We’ve yet to see any amateur (or professional) set photos that offer an early look at the film’s sure-to-be stellar historical production design or cast members dressed in period garb. However, an off-set picture has popped up online, providing a first look at Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln (from the neck up, that is).
That’s all to say: it both sounds and looks like Lewis is at it again, judging by all that information and the picture (via Richmond.com) below:
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It’s safe to say that virtually no one was legitimately concerned about Lewis not being able to pull off old Honest Abe’s long-faced, bearded look; likewise, there’s also no reason to doubt that he’ll offer a richly-realized and dignified portrayal of the famous U.S. president. All the same, hearing about the actor’s (brilliant? certifiable?) acting technique is always an interesting experience, regardless of one’s personal feelings about how necessary or effective it really is.
For those who haven’t been keeping up on Lincoln pre-production: the remainder of the film’s cast includes Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jared Harris, Jackie Earl Haley, Lee Pace, David Strathairn, James Spader, Walter Goggins, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook, David Costabile, and Tim Blake Nelson, among many others.
If that wasn’t a prestigious enough list of names for you – Spielberg’s Lincoln biopic was also scripted by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner (Munich), based on an earlier draft by Oscar-nominee John Logan (Gladiator, Hugo). The whole basis for this project is the acclaimed non-fiction book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin. ‘Nuff said, right?
Lincoln is expected to reach theaters around the U.S. before the end of 2012.