The first trailer is out for “Lincoln,” a Steven Spielberg movie with a Tony Kushner script about President Lincoln (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) that also stars Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Jared Harris, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Lee Pace, John Hawkes, Adam Driver and Hal Holbrook.
Based on the trailer, this…looks like medicine. Well-shot, beautifully constructed, artfully acted, soulless-seeming medicine to be prescribed in the event of dangerously low levels of prestige in movie theaters. That’s just my view from the trailer, of course. I’m sure Day-Lewis will be astonishing, because QED, and I’m sure the movie will really look wonderful, and I’m sure the rest of the cast will be great. This is a must-see because of the people involved. I’m not sure if it’s also a “I want to see that” kind of movie.
Steven Spielberg’s long-gestating Lincoln movie has found its Abraham: Daniel Day-Lewis, rightly regarded as the greatest living actor. That’s a hell of a casting choice right there. Day-Lewis is obviously, and famously, choosy when it comes to his projects; after “The Boxier” in 1997, he was off the big screen until 2002’s “Gangs of New York,” after which he didn’t make a major movie until 2007’s “There Will Be Blood” (no, I don’t count “The Ballad of Jack and Rose” as a major movie for him). And since we can all forget “Nine” happened last year, we can pretend that this movie continues his streak, since it will come out in 2012.
Liam Neeson had long been linked to the role of our 16th president, and while he has the physical build and look to pull it off, he has never seemed as comfortable with an American accent. Daniel Day-Lewis could play a lamp and I have faith he’d show up on set packed with wires and with his head replaced with a bulb. (The dude’s good, what else can be said? Also, this.) Tony Kushner is scripting this movie, and it officially jumps to the top of every super-duper-early short list for the Academy Awards in 2013.