November 22nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
Break out the stovepipe hat!
English actor Daniel Day-Lewis will play the 16th president of the United States in director Steven Spielberg's upcoming biopic of Abraham Lincoln.
"Lincoln," based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's best-selling book "Team of Rivals," will focus on the political collision between Lincoln and his cabinet members on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War, reports Deadline.com.
The film – originally slated to star Liam Neeson, who dropped out over the summer – is expected to begin shooting in fall 2011, with a 2012 release date.
"Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film, or even some time in cinema's distant future," Spielberg says of the two-time Academy Award winner. "I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with 'Lincoln.'"
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