‘Lincoln’ Trailer Preview: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln (Almost) Speaks

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At first, it’s natural to assume that’s Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln speaking with an adapted Kentuckian twang in the above clip. However, partway through the preview to this week’s Lincoln trailer – yes, it’s time for another trailer-for-the-trailer – the voice is revealed to belong to an African-American member of the Union army (played by David Oyelowo).

Steven Spielberg’s biographical drama takes place during the tail-end of the American Civil War, as well as the final fourth months of Lincoln’s life. The director has been keen to emphasize that his focus is on the 16th U.S. president’s push to abolish slavery through a constitutional amendment – thus, giving “teeth” to his famous wartime act known as the Emancipation Proclamation.

What better way to illustrate the personal nature this political struggle took on for Lincoln than an exchange such as that above? Therein, the president is reminded of the responsibilities and promises inherent to his famous Gettysburg Address, as recounted by one of the very Americans who risked life and limb in order to uphold the values heralded by his country’s leader. It’s a scenario that could’ve easily lent hit a false note, but Janusz Kaminski’s dark, crisp, cinematography – combined with John Williams’ patriotic score – raise this Lincoln clip above such “Oscar bait” trappings (in this writer’s opinion, of course).

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Daniel Day-Lewis and David Oyelowo in ‘Lincoln’

The actual film could fall prey to heavy-handedness, but Spielberg is drawing from a script penned by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner – who, with his work on the director’s Munich, demonstrated that he knows how to craft an engaging historical drama without making the experience seem like a chore to watch. Moreover, this is the sort of story that features less of the heart-string-tugging from last year’s War Horse – which still proved to be a very good film despite its moments of over-hamminess (thanks in no small part to Spielberg).

Check back in later this week for the full Lincoln trailer – where, presumably, we will finally get to hear what Lewis sounds like as the titular U.S. president (in addition to his uncanny physical resemblance).

Lincoln begins a limited U.S. theatrical release on November 9th, 2012, before it goes wide on the 16th.

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  1. Never have I been so excited for a history film. Not only is it just a Lincoln film, it’s a Lincoln film directed by Steven Spielberg! I can’t wait!

  2. Bout time we got a trailer, this movie’s coming out in less than two months.

    • Whoa! Your right! I thought it mustbe quite a ways out because there was no trailers or anything!

  3. Well, that does not sound like Daniel Day-Lewis at all.
    Which is to say it sounds exactly like Daniel Day-Lewis.

    • It wasn’t lewis

      • Yes, I commented after viewing the trailer.
        I read the copy afterward but I liked
        the sentiment of my post anyway.

        • Fair enough lol

  4. Where exactly does it show the Union Soldier speaking?????? This is a voice over. That clip of the soldier walking away from DDL has NOTHING to do with the voice over, which is likely from an entirely different scene.

    So what evidence is there that this isn’t DDL speaking again?????

    • In that brief scene with the Union soldier, it looked to me like the voiceover lined up with him talking to Lincoln.

      The actual trailer will be out in a few days and should clarify whether or not that’s DDL speaking – if it turns out to be him, I’ll correct the article accordingly.

  5. Looks pretty dull..

  6. I actually thought the voice sounded a bit like Terrence Howard. I was surprised it was supposed to be DDL or now someone else.

  7. Have they started polishing and engraving Lewis’s Oscar yet?
    Seriously, unless he and Speilberg drop the ball in an epic manner there is no way he doesn’t win it…
    Other than that I’d like to give a shout out to Munich which is in my humble opinion Speilberg’s best film since Saving Private Ryan. And no, I’m not forgetting about Minority Report. I’m just not a fan at all.

    • Thanks for your heads up on Munich, Kevin.
      I missed that one and will now track it down.

      • Oh Wow, I highly recommend it.
        It’s one of the “adult” films that I wish Spielberg would do more of…
        Criminally underrated IMO.

        • I called ddl as soon as I saw how scary realistic he looks. but I thought DiCaprio was a shoe in before j Edgar was released. not to mention Phoenix is getting a lot of praise for the master

          • Yeah, I thought the same thing last year so I made the same mistake. :)
            I agree Phoenix will also get plenty recognition also but I’m not sure if it will be for lead or supporting actor. We’ll know soon enough as The Master gets closer to release.

  8. Can’t wait for this movie.

    Also, when is the master coming out?

  9. I’m actually gagging I’m so excited. Its not about Daniel Day Lewis getting an Oscar. Not even a huge fan of Spielberg. Daniel devours movies. He’s so good I’m willing to wait years before he takes on new roles or becomes a shoe-maker ha. He is unbeatable. My personal acting hero.

  10. DDL is one of my favorite actors of all time… because when he takes on a roll, HE TAKES ON A ROLL and you are not even aware its him you are watching…that is why I LOVE him…he commits… I am not a history buff in any way shape or form…but my teen son LOVES history and we are both really excited for this movie to come out… where Abe Lincoln is NOT killing zombies or vampires LOL

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