First Look: Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

Posted on August 7, 2012
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You can bank on an Oscar nomination, but people are already polishing up the gold statue for Daniel Day-Lewis as he will portray the 16th President of the United States in the upcoming film from Steven Spielberg aptly titled Lincoln.

Day-Lewis, as always, has taken this role so seriously. Well known to be a method actor, on set he was to be addressed as Mr. President, or Mr. Lincoln, or Abe, otherwise he would not respond.

Until this point we have seen a few shots of Day-Lewis on set but nothing official. That ends now, hit the jump and marvel at our former President.

From what I can gather it looks like this is Lincoln sitting in his seat at the Ford Theater. This of course being the place he was when assassin John Wilkes Booth shot the President dead.

The film has been kept a secret as details have been sparse, but I’d rather it be that way.

According to EW the film will document the last four months of Lincoln’s life, including his efforts to abolish slavery.

“Our movie is really about a working leader who must make tough decisions and get things done in the face of overwhelming opposition,” Spielberg tells the magazine, adding that the film film begins with “Lincoln’s realization that the Emancipation Proclamation, the thing he is most known for, was simply a war powers act that would easily be struck down by any number of lawyers after the cessation of hostilities after the Civil War. He needed to abolish slavery by constitutional measure — and that’s where we start.”

Here is what director Spielberg had to say about Day-Lewis and how he was able to capture Lincoln:

“Lincoln had a very, very complicated – and at the same time, extremely clear — inner life,” Spielberg said. “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.”

The film also stars Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, David Oyelowo, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, and Jared Harris.

Lincoln hits theaters on November 9th, 2012 lets hope we see a trailer very soon.

2 Responses to “First Look: Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln”

  1. smarie
    August 8, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Its not the Ford Theater…there were no red curtains on the walls inside the Lincoln box (only on the ledge and outside of the box) and Mary should be visual in the picture because she was sitting on his right side My theory is that its the Red Room in the White HOuse (the parlor room that lincoln used as a music room) The red room used to have red curtains. There are too large windows in that room with a wall between them (usually with a table against it and sometimes a mirror (just remove the mirror)…He is sitting behind a window curtain that is partially drawn (one of the panels is drawn) and looking out the window…Remember there was no electric light back then–thus the reason the room is kind of dark. Besides, Lincoln wasn’t sad watching the comical play “our AMerican Cousin”–he was in a good mood. Alone sitting in White House looking out the window, he was probably much sadder and more pensive. THe picture looks kind of lonely.

    • David Berov
      August 8, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      While you may be correct, I think you could also be reading too much into it. This may be more of a promo picture than an actual shot from the film.