Friday, November 19, 2010
Great movie news
From Andy Propst's story that just went up on the Theater Mania web site:
Two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis will play Abraham Lincoln in the film version of "Team of Rivals", Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of the president, according to EW.com. Steven Spielberg will direct the film, "Lincoln", which will have a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tony Kushner.
The movie will focus on Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet as they struggle with the abolishment of slavery and seek to end the Civil War. The film is scheduled to begin filming in the fall of 2011, with an anticipated release in the fall of 2012.
Day-Lewis won Oscars for his performances in "There Will Be Blood" and "My Left Foot". In addition, he received Academy Award nominations for his work in "Gangs of New York" and "In the Name of the Father". Most recently, he was seen in the film version of the musical "Nine".
Pretty interesting news, no? And also pretty great. I have to say, too, as much as I was disappointed along with everyone else when the all-but-officially-cast Liam Neeson dropped out of this project due to its numerous delays, the fact that we'll now get to see Daniel Day Lewis tackle the iconic role of Lincoln is quite something.