Daniel Day-Lewis Will be Spielbergâ??s Lincoln

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Published November 19, 2010

 

STILL OF DANIEL DAY-LEWIS IN GANGS OF NEW YORK COURTESY OF MIRAMAX

It can be easy to get a little overzealous about Oscar futures, so forgive us for this, but: we think we know what the Best Picture frontrunner for the 2013 awards will be. Deadline reported today that Daniel Day-Lewis is set to star in DreamWorks’ Lincoln, to be directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Kathleen Kennedy (that’s the team that brought you Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, and E.T., among others). The screenplay will be written by Angels in America scribe Tony Kushner—who also worked with Spielberg and Kennedy on the 2005 film Munich—based on Team of Rivals, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s non-fiction account of the Lincoln presidency. It won’t start filming for a year, and they’re aiming for a fourth-quarter 2012 release date.

It’s a powerhouse group: Day-Lewis has won two Oscars; Spielberg has won three, and Kennedy has earned six nominations. Kushner and Goodwin have both won Pulitzers. We are also excited about this film because it will afford Day-Lewis another important chance to wear a top hat, as he so fetchingly did as Bill Cutting in Gangs of New York. In fact, pretty much all he needs to do is move the facial hair down about five inches, and boom: his Gangs character is now Abraham Lincoln [ABOVE].

But who will play Mary Todd? Lincoln’s wife was famously tiny—but she didn’t have what you’d call a Hollywood face, so most of our petite actresses wouldn’t be right. Maybe Snooki?

[Deadline]