Sure it's early August and we still have a summer movie or two (or three, or four) to anticipate, but the fall season is already shaping up to be one of the most anticipated in years, and right up there with the films we're most looking forward to is Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Today Entertainment Weekly debuts the first official image of Day-Lewis as Lincoln, following several leaked images from the set earlier this year.
In it, Lincoln is shown gazing down from what looks to be a theater seat. Seeing as the film will focus on the last four months of Lincoln's life, this may be a shot from the night he was assassinated. Spielberg tells EW, “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.”
The film itself, according to Spielberg, will be "about a working leader who must make tough decisions and get things done in the face of overwhelming opposition" as he moved forward in his attempt to abolish slavery once and for all. Rumors of Day-Lewis "living" the part (so to speak) by refusing to remain a part of the modern world are greatly exaggerated, says Spielberg. "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.” However, he did admit to calling him Mr. President while filming.
Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, Gullver McGrath and Tommy Lee Jones also star. Lincoln is due out November 9, and with this first image we should expect the first trailer to arrive soon.