Daniel Day-Lewis will be Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln

He's replacing Liam Neeson

In a surprise (but not unwelcome) piece of casting news, Dreamworks have announced that Daniel Day-Lewis will play Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's long-in-development biopic.

Liam Neeson had long been attached to the role of the 16th President of the USA, but a Dreamworks press release, as reported by Collider, has announced that Day-Lewis has nabbed the part.

Spielberg gushed that "Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film or even some time in cinema's distant future. I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with Lincoln."

It's hard to disagree with the 'Berg. Rarely has an actor been as consistently excellent as Day-Lewis, and he'll no doubt be a fine choice for the role.

There's no official word on why Neeson left the project, which is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team of Rivals. He had recently suggested that he might not be able to commit after the continual delays.

Another surprise is that Lincoln looks likely to be Spielberg's next movie, ahead of Robopocalypse, as it is due to start shooting in Autumn 2011. We bet Day-Lewis has already started getting into character.

He should probably start clearing some shelf space ahead of the inevitable deluge of awards though...

Source: Collider

Brilliant casting? Gutted for Neeson? Share your thoughts below.


    • higgins78

      Nov 20th 2010, 20:06

      So, Daniel Day Lewis may (or not) be a great choice for such a role but with me the important thing here is Spielberg. This guy hasn't been attached to a great movie for a good 20 years now. Catch Me If You Can was an entertaining movie but not something powerful. Jurassic Park was all hype and computer trickery, the characters and dialogue was plain awful. Sure, he has Jaws all locked away in his C.V but even that (superb movie as it is) was little more than a bad Moby Dick.

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    • JimTheGreat

      Nov 22nd 2010, 13:20

      There's only one bad Moby Dick here. Hahah.

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