From Gettysburg to the Academy: On 'Lincoln,' Steven Spielberg's Next Oscar Contender

Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln © 2012 David James/DreamWorks
Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln © 2012 David James/DreamWorks

The first trailer for Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic is finally here. The film, which is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, depicts the crux of Lincoln's presidency: the last four months of his life, the abolition of slavery, and the Union's victory in the Civil War. Of the film Spielberg noted, "It shows Lincoln at work, not just Lincoln standing around posing for the history books ... arguably the greatest working president in American history doing some of the greatest work for the world."

Daniel Day-Lewis, who stars in the film, is one of Hollywood's most selective actors. In the years since 1997, "Lincoln" marks the Oscar-winner's fifth film. As seen in the trailer (below), his resemblance to the sixteenth president of the United States is uncanny. Between Daniel Day-Lewis, who tends to attract the Academy's attention, Spielberg, who is no stranger to inspiring historical dramas, and award-winning playwright Tony Kushner, "Lincoln" has Oscar written all over it. Just as President Lincoln stepped out onto the world stage "with the fate of human dignity in [his] hands," we predict we'll see "Lincoln" step out onto a different sort of stage come early 2013. The film is scheduled for limited release on November 9, followed by a wide release on November 16. This fits "Lincoln" squarely and strategically within Academy Award season.

"Lincoln" stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.

So, without further ado, here's the trailer.