Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn has just been cast as Secretary of State, William Seward in Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln, which will star Daniel Day-Lewis at the legendary 16th President of the United States. The film is aimed at a late 2012 release. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Sally Field Joins Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’

Although we reported it back in September 2007, DreamWorks Studios has just issued a press release announcing that two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field will star as Mary Todd Lincoln, wife to the 16th President of the United States, in Steven Spielberg‘s big screen biopic Lincoln. Field joins Daniel Day-Lewis, who has previously been cast to play Abraham Lincoln.

The film is to be based on Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s best-selling book Team of Rivals,adapted for the screen by Pulitzer Prize/Tony Award winner/Academy Award nominated writer Tony Kushner. The project will “focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.” Spielberg hopes to begin filming in the fall of 2011, with a release being targeted for the fourth quarter of 2012. Read the full press release after the jump.

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Playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner last night took part in a panel discussion at the Harvard University Institute of Politics under the rather prolix heading of Looking For Lincoln: In his Time and Ours – A Conversation on the Meaning of Abraham Lincoln. Kushner’s invitation was most likely on the basis of his longterm engagement, scripting a Lincoln picture for Steven Spielberg.

Present at the event was a wonderful snoop who chose to confide in Jeff Wells via cellphone e-mail. This snoop reported a claim from Kushner that “the decision will be made on Lincoln next week” and that a green light would likely see the film in cinemas “before Christmas”. Kushner also gave some details on how the script has been shaped and what the narrative would entail.

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