Entertainment Weekly has the first official photo (after the break) of Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming biopic “Lincoln.” The resemblance of the two-time Oscar winner to the 16th American president is uncanny.
With Monday’s news that “The Great Gatsby” is being delayed to next summer, this Nov. 9 release is the sole frontrunner for Best Picture, just ahead of “The Master.” And Day-Lewis is on track to claim his third Best Actor award, now that “Gatsby” lead Leonardo DiCaprio is out of the running.
While Spielberg has two Oscars for directing (“Schindler’s List, 1993; “Saving Private Ryan,” 1998), he is behind Paul Thomas Anderson for his helming of “The Master.” Anderson also wrote that period piece about a charismatic religious leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his most devout follower (Joaquin Phoenix). Anderson’s only previous Best Director bid was in 2007 for “There Will Be Blood” which won Day-Lewis the second of his two Oscars (the first was for My Left Foot” in 1989).
The pedigree of “Lincoln” is top-notch. Two-time Tony winner Tony Kushner (“Angels in America”) adapted that part of Doris Kearn Goodwin‘s bestseller “Team of Rivals” that detailed the last four months of Lincoln’s life.
Co-starring as First Lady Mary Tood Lincoln is two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Sally Field (“Norma Rae,” 1979; “Places in the Heart,” 1984). 1993 Supporting Actor champ Tommy Lee Jones (“The Fugitive”) plays Thaddeus Stevens, one of Lincoln’s fiercest political rivals, while 2005 Best Actor nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck”) is his loyal ally William Seward.