There’s a lot ridding on the shoulders of legendary director Steven Spielberg. When the title was first announced, before seeing any footage or photos of Spielberg’s next project, Lincoln had been coined as an Oscar contender. Just two months before its release date, the world received its first look at a visually beautiful and brilliantly cast film.
As many may know, Lincoln has been on Spielberg’s to-do list for while now. It’s been ten years since the director announced that he wanted to make a film about our 16th president, and we’re finally seeing Spielberg’s take on history. Believe it or not, Liam Neeson was set to star as Lincoln, but by time they were ready to film, which didn’t happen right away due to conflicts, other interests, and unforeseen occurrences, the Taken star was deemed to old to play Lincoln. That’s when Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis stepped in and slipped on the iconic stovepipe hat.
After optioning the rights to Doris Kearns Goodwin’s 2005 novel Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Spielberg had playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner (Munich, Angels in America) pen the script. I’ve been a huge fan of Kushner’s writing; it’s bold, true to the heart, and has a tendency to speak volumes about the world’s current state… (click title above to continue reading)