First look–Lincoln, Steven Spielberg’s epic new biopic

If this film doesn’t scream Oscar nominee I don’t know what will.  And no, we’re not talking about the film about Lincoln as a Vampire Hunter.  This afternoon Steven Spielberg released the first trailer for his film Lincoln, a big-screen account of the last days of President Lincoln and the U.S. Civil War.

Check out the supporting cast: Sally Field (The Amazing Spider-man), Tommy Lee Jones (Men in Black, Captain America), David Strathairn (Alphas, Memphis Belle, Sneakers), Hal Holbrook (The Fog, Into the Wild, All the President’s Men), Bruce McGill (Star Trek Voyager, Animal House), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Dark Knight Rises, Looper), Jared Harris (BBC’s Sherlock)… Spielberg’s head of casting really went all-out here.  And we can look forward to another sweeping musical score by John Williams.

As usual where does Hollywood go when they need an actor to play the role of a historic American?  Yep, the United Kingdom, of course.  So who is President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s new biopic?  Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis (Last of the Mohicans, Gangs of New York, There Will be Blood).  And he looks pretty good in the part and he seems, as best as we can all guess, to sound the part, too.

Lending credibility to the project is the fact the movie is based on historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s bestselling book.

It’s been years since we’ve seen a solid depiction of Lincoln.  Two prior films were superb: Young Mr. Lincoln starring Henry Fonda is the best, but Raymond Massey in Abe Lincoln in Illinois comes close.  Will Spielberg’s version compare?  Will this be the Civil War version of Omaha Beach a la Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan?

Check out the first look at the trailer for Spielberg’s Lincoln:

Lincoln will be in theaters November 16, 2012.

C.J. Bunce

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