In a recent interview with comingsoon producer Kathleen Kennedy talked about her excitement for Steven Spielberg's long awaited movie Lincoln. I don't know about you, but I was blown away by what I saw in the trailer, and I can't wait to finally get to see it! Having seen an edit of the film, here's what Kennedy had to say about the film:
It's entirely a human story. We've worked on this over a decade now, trying to finess the script and get to a place where we felt we were ready to shoot. It has always fascinated Steven. I think you can see now, by his body of work, that he's equally associated with something like an 'E.T.' or a 'Close Encounters' and popular entertainment and that he also is driven by historical stories. They're rooted in real people and real events. This is, obviously, one of those.
[T]his is one of those movies where, unless the right elements came together in the right way [it wouldn't work]. Daniel Day-Lewis being the perfect example. It's like he was born to play this role. I'm not sure what we would have done [if he hadn't signed on]. He's absolutely extraordinary. I've never been involved with a movie where, when I saw it for the first time, even being involved in making it, I thought, 'What a strange feeling. It's like we literally got the opportunity to go back in time and had this glimpse of actually seeing President Lincoln and how he might have operated. In this case, it's a very specific moment in his legacy and an event he's trying to deal with very close to the end of his life. You feel extraordinarly privileged to have this moment in time with him. He's just so real in his performance.
I'm sure Day-Lewis will be nominated for an Oscar for his performance in this movie.
The movie focuses on Lincoln’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come. The story is based in part on the Doris Kearns Goodwin book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
It also stars Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, Jackie Earle Hayley, Lee Pace, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, and Tommy Lee Jones. Lincoln will open in limited release on November 9th, 2012, and will begin rolling out wide on November 16th.