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Day-Lewis to play Abraham Lincoln in Spielberg biopic
Daniel Day-Lewis, the Oscar-winning British actor, has been chosen to play Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's new bio-pic of the Civil War-era US president.
Daniel Day-Lewis won Academy Awards for his performances in There Will Be Blood and My Left Foot Photo: REUTERS
By Philip Sherwell in New York 6:24PM GMT 20 Nov 2010
Day-Lewis, 53, is renowned for remaining in character throughout a film project - prompting speculation among Hollywood-watchers about whether and when he might adopt Lincoln's distinctive hat and moustache-less beard.
"I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with Lincoln," Spielberg said in an announcement about the forthcoming biopic, which has been described as a "passion project" for the director.
Filming of Lincoln will begin next year for a 2012 release. The film is based on Dorothy Kearns Goodwin's best-seller, Team of Rivals, which tells the story of the 16th US president's struggle to hold the country and his Cabinet together during the Civil War and is often cited by President Barack Obama as one of his favourite books.
Day-Lewis, who has only made five films since 1997, won Academy Awards for his performances in There Will Be Blood and My Left Foot. "Throughout his career, he has been exceptionally selective in his choice of material, which makes us feel even more fortunate that he has chosen to join with us for Lincoln," said Stacey Snider, co-chairman of Spielberg's DreamWorks Studio.
Liam Neeson, the Irish actor, had long been linked to the project but dropped out this summer. Tony Kushner, the writer behind the acclaimed Angels in America show, will adapt the book for the film.