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Spielberg's Lincoln flick is gathering an awesome, huge cast!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Borys Kit over at THR has a nice exclusive about who is nearing deals to appear in the big Steven Spielberg ensemble period drama LINCOLN.

Proving that he's becoming THE actor of his generation, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is apparently going to play Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis)'s son Robert Todd Lincoln. Gordon-Levitt and Day-Lewis are a perfect match, and not just because they have hyphens in their names. Can't wait to see them work together.

Also joining the cast is Tommy Lee Jones, playing Thaddeus Stevens, and Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawks (awesome!), Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill and Joseph Cross.

It's exciting seeing Spielberg going all out again. I know he directed Tintin a while back, but it feels like eons since I've seen a new Spielberg movie (maybe because my brain always skips over Indy 4).

What do you folks think of this cast? In Spielberg's hands, from a script by Tony Kushner, this is shaping up to be something special, I think.

-Quint
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  • May 5, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Abe, never forget where you came from.

    by Julius Dithers

    Like, yeah.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    that is one hell of a cast

    by Spaz Medicine

    looking forward to this one a lot.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    DDL gets #3, bet money on it.

    by Yurka

  • May 5, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Is it a biography of Licoln?

    by vin_diggler

    Or is it a fictional story?

  • May 5, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Nice cast. I never knew Bruce McGill's name before now.

    by golden tribw

  • May 5, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Daniel Day Lewis as Dr Strange

    by deelzbub

    I figure if I keep throwing that out there, maybe it'll stick.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    It is a great cast, but Daniel pwns all of them.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    His Lincoln is going to be ferociously awesome. Although Spader may fuck him up good, if he brings it.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Though Joseph Cross and John Hawk[e?]s mean nothing to me

    by golden tribw

    Looks like Hawkes hasn't done anything prolific except Winter's Bone, which I missed. And I think the only thing I've seen from Cross's resume is UNTRACEABLE, which I vaguely remember but not him in it. Still this oughtta be interesting. I would see it for Day-Lewis and Gordon-Levitt alone, throw Tommy Lee-Jones in there (can we have a giant hyphenated-surname ensemble cast sometime?) and make it a Spielberg picture and you've pretty much got my ticket purchase guaranteed.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    This just doesn't seem like a Spielberg movie

    by Mel

  • May 5, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Are there going to be any aliens in it?

    by professor murder

    Spielberg does alien movies, right? Maybe he's taking the reigns on the Abe Lincoln Zombie movie? It can have cameos from Fast and the Furious and maybe a couple of Terminators in it. Call it "Abraham and the Furious: Salvation" ..........starring Zoe Saldana

  • May 5, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Does Joseph Gordon-Levitt count as A- or even B-list yet?

    by golden tribw

    I've been a fan since BRICK and MYSTERIOUS SKIN (though the latter seemed to kind of offensively imply that homosexuality is the result of sexual abuse...) after getting acquainted with his face initially in 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN and A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT (which has "Introducing" JGL in the credits cuz he's a tiny tot). At this point he's a headliner (HESHER) and he's worked with Nolan repeatedly and now Spielberg. 500 DAYS OF SUMMER got him lots of buzz (THE LOOKOUT ought to have as well but I don't know that it did), G.I. JOE put him in a giant action summer tentpole (even if he was mediocre in it and the movie basically sucked). But I don't feel like his name is a draw yet except to movie buffs. What does it take to break out into the general awareness?

  • May 5, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Re:goldentribe

    by evnvnv

    uh, having co-starred in Inception might have accomplished that...

  • May 5, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    I'm more excited about Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.

    by BacardiRocky

    It's an AWESOME read if anyone is interested. Really well done mashup Biography/fiction story. Reading it made me believe Abe Lincoln WAS a real Vampire Hunter. Movie comes out next year I think.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Bacardirocky

    by professor murder

    Yeah, that's the one I was referring too. When I said zombies, I knew I was probably wrong.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    "Proving that he's becoming THE actor of his generation"

    by FreeBeer

    Sorry, WAY too early to tell. He is likeable enough, but he has yet to blow me away with a performance. Ryan Gosling is far more impressive, and I'd say closer to being a contender for actor of his generation than Levitt.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    @ FREEBEER

    by Spudwick30

    are you kidding me? Don't make me laugh. You may consider Ryan to be the actor of his generation but what was the last movie he did that was as good as Inception, Brick, Manic, Mysterious Skin, and 500 days of summer is a much better movie than that boring piece of shit gosling and Ledger's baby mama played in.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Neeson is the best but I'm happier with Day Lewis

    by seabiscuits

    Think he'd be better anyways. Don't get me wrong though Neeson shines in the cheesiest to the greatest films.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Spoiler

    by Simpsonian

    There will be Aliens at the end.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST

    THE actor of his generation

    by darth_hideous

    fuck off

  • May 5, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Holy fuck that's a helluva cast

    by memento108

    Not trying to be an asshole here but I sincerely hope Hal Holbrook lives to film his scenes. He's genuinely awesome.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Hal Holbrook is still alive?

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    In my head he died years ago but I just remembered Into The Wild

  • hahaha somebody better wake him up and let him know, because he seems half-asleep in everything I've seen.

  • May 5, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    Hope he's got that...

    by Ahastings

    ...digital/greenscreen crap out of his system with Indy 4 and Tintin. It's kind've lookin' like he's goin down a digital rabbit like his buddy George. Cameron's making all of his stuff in green-land too and is any of his stuff on par with his 80s stuff? Ditto Tim Burton- is his now mostly-digital stuff any better than his classics? It looked like we lost Fincher for a while there (remember all that virtual camera flying in Fight Club and Panic Room?), but he seems safely back. Here's hoping that Spielberg- who is a film purist if there ever was one- is back from the digital dark side. I have high hopes for this new movie. Can't wait to see War Horse btw. Hey, that movie's only a few months out, isn't it? Where's the damn trailer?

  • The X-files/Space:above and beyond/final destination guys. They pitched to dreamworks back around 2000 the idea of a truthful biopic of Lincoln that showed him as a man, warts and all, and not some sort of perfect jesus type guy. The project was turned down, then less then a year later Spielberg announced he wanted to do a truthful biopic about lincoln that showed him warts and all. I have no idea if this is true, but my friend had direct access to M&W and that was at least their opinion on the matter.

  • May 5, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    pathetic

    by IndianaPeach

    this will be a travesty

  • May 5, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Jefferson Davis I drink your milkshake

    by Mr Soze

    Daniel Day will hit this out of the park.

  • May 5, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    can't remember if this is the first i'd heard of it

    by talby

    but thinking of it now, sure yeah, i get almost the same thing - but the guy did "amistad," so... (and, his big ham-handed emotional rubber-hammer aside, a fine film that one is; kind of under-appreciated in my estimation) so instead i'm quite intrigued now what this might be.

  • May 5, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    if not especially for

    by talby

    that this promises to have truly gigantic cgi "civil wars" pictured in it. at least, i hope so; it'd be a wasted opportunity not to.

  • May 5, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    We'll get 2 Spielberg movies this year

    by seasider

    with War Horse and Tintin and the Lincoln movie the following year. Spielberg may not be the blockbuster machine he once was but I think he's still better than most of the directors out there.

  • May 5, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Great Cast

    by pr0g2west

    Last Spielberg film with that level of an ensemble cast was Saving Private Ryan...but it looks as if Lincoln will top even that.

  • Seriously though Beard, Munich 2 and JP 4. Get on that shit.

  • May 5, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Can only hope it's not sappy

    by jondo

    I'm a big Spielberg fan and eagerly anticipated his take on the historicial 'Amistad'. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by Spielberg's heavy over-use of 'emotional' music in almost every scene, as if to subliminally tell the audience 'This is emotional. You must tear up now'. I usually feel that Spielberg is a master of using the right music at exactly the right times, but not on Amistad. I mean, even the scene introducing Anthony Hopkins' character watering his plants was layered with sap. And this pulled me out of what otherwise would have been a very engrossing and emotional film on its own. Let's hope that Spielberg pulls back on the pouring on too much syrup and lets the content run its own course. Lincoln was a great man and leader, and we don't need to be hit over the head to convince us. -Jondo

  • May 5, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    I smell Oscar bait...

    by john

    I hate oscar bait!

  • May 5, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Liam Neeson or GTFO

    by TakeItEasyMon

    Come on, he's perfect.

  • May 5, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    heheeh Stuntcock

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

  • Why is he the only director who gets hit with that 'emotionally manipulative' rap. What the fuck is the point of the score? When Costner encounters the wolf who gives a rat's ass? Add John Barry's incredible score and holy shit we got ourselves a touching moment.

  • May 5, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Any log cabin log jammin?

    by KonkBob

    Whose playing Joshua Speed?

  • May 5, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    HEY BLINKIN!

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    Did you just call me Abe Lincoln?

  • May 5, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's next?

    by bastian1138

    I am a huge Spielberg fan, but I swear it's hard as hell to keep up with what he next projects are. So he is doing Lincoln....what happened to the Harvey remake? Or Robopocalypse? And is Tintin ever coming out?

  • May 5, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Big Cast does NOT equal Good Movie

    by D o o d

    If I look back to the movies that were really really great, most had one or two good cast names and some had none! What more can I say...?!

  • May 5, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Goldentribe, you must not watch TV -- at all.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    John Hawkes had a large part on Deadwood and had a minor part on the last season of Lost.

  • May 5, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Progressive Insurance Lincoln

    by filegumbo

    That guy can keep the role...he owned it!

  • May 5, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    My Bad...GEICO Lincoln

    by filegumbo

    GEICO Lincoln rules...and he's honest.

  • fhgfhgf

  • May 5, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    My brain never skips over Indy 4.

    by Yelsaeb

    I don't plan on turning this into an Indy debate, but come on! The ants were friggin awesome!

  • Can't Honest Abe fight the commies without his greaser kid by his side?

  • May 5, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Daniel Day Lewis rules

    by jimmy rabbitte

    JG-L is a good addition as well. Hopefully this will be a return to form for Spielberg. Indy IV = yawn, War of the Worlds was an atypically lazy work for Spielberg, Munich had style but was a bit dull and The Terminal lacked a point; so Spielberg's last four films basically missed the mark.<p> It sounds like he has a strong interest in the Lincoln film as it has been in development for several years now going back to when Liam Neeson was going to play Lincoln. I have no idea what the Tin-Tin project will bring; I'm aware of the comic's existence but know nothing of it beyond that. It sounds like one of his lighter efforts though. Perhaps Warhorse and Lincoln will be his first remarkable back-to-back efforts since Catch Me If You Can and Minority Report. One can only hope.

  • I watched the first few episodes of LOST on DVD and hated them so I stopped. Never seen Deadwood.

  • May 5, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    D.Day Lewis and The Beard

    by BradZuhl

    Quite an interesting combo. Can't wait for anything Mr. Spielberg puts his hand to.

  • May 5, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    If YOUR slave has a milkshake...and MY slave has a milkshake...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...and my slave has a straw, see, there it is...his straw...reaches...acrrrrrrroooooooOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooous the room...and starts to drink your slave's milkshake.

  • Because I like him but I wouldn't come anywhere close to calling him A-list. Leonardo di Caprio is A-list. In descending order of current recognition (among the general public, I mean), the rest of the cast goes something roughly like this (in my subjective estimation obviously): Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Pete Postlethwaite, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Lukas Haas, Tom Hardy, Tom Berenger, Ken Watanabe I like everybody on that list but I like JGL more than the rest of them and I just don't feel like enough people know who he is. I'd LIKE him to be A-list but I still don't feel as though he is. And I'm not even sure if my person conception of "A-list status" meshes with anyone else's. I'm tempted to say Leo is the only A-lister in the whole movie, while Michael Caine used to be but is no longer one of the big stars, and everyone else there is either a bit player or an up-and-comer (like JGL has supposedly been for years now).

  • May 5, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Daniel Day Lewis is a much better choice than Neeson

    by PHVCKO

    A-Team and Taken and Clash of the Titans ruined his image

  • May 5, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Munich didn't "feel" like Spielberg, bet this wont either

    by strykebr

  • May 5, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    does abe get down w some slaves?

    by Orion

  • May 5, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Shame on you for leaving out Sally Field...

    by brocknroll

  • If you have, then different strokes.... But if not, BRICK and THE LOOKOUT in particular are well worth a look. Just try not to go into them ticked at him for G.I. JOE.

  • May 5, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Supposedly Lincoln had a high-pitched voice.

    by frank

    Wonder if DDL will play it that way.

  • May 5, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    I hate all bio-pics on principle.

    by frank

    I think they are inherently insulting to the person depicted.

  • May 5, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    They should just go ahead and start engraving the Oscars now...

    by SifoDyasJr

  • May 5, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    This will be SOO amazing it's not even funny

    by Proman1984

    The Cinema itself will bend under its awesomeness.

  • May 5, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    I hope they don't just title it: Lincoln

    by frank

  • May 5, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST

    They should make this into Bill and Ted's 3

    by frank

  • May 5, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Bruce McGill!!

    by nolan bautista

    D-Day is back!

  • May 5, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    rebel scumb

    by jwsel

    I seriously doubt the idea was stolen. A movie based on Lincoln is hardly a unique idea. But, in an event, Spielberg's movie is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, "Team of Rivals," which was published and won the Pulitzer in 2005.

  • May 5, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    DDL as Abe Lincoln

    by dahveed1972

    If you need someone to play an American icon/archetype, this is the guy. Deerslayer, Daniel Plainview, Bill the Butcher, John Proctor. With a decent script, and spielberg in "serious" mode, this is not capable of sucking. Not with the best actor under 60 in the starring role.

  • May 5, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    omg a genuine letter?

    by golden tribw

  • May 5, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    was it A? or B? or C? D? E, F, G? H, I, J, ...

    by golden tribw

  • May 6, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    SQUEEEE!!!

    by D.Vader

  • May 6, 2011, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Rebel Scumb

    by D.Vader

    I feel like a Lincoln biopic has been floating around a LOT longer than 2000.

  • May 6, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

    yes

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    I think Daniel Day Lewis is great casting, he should make a mighty fine anchor.

  • May 6, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST

    I agree with Brain Drain too

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    JGL is a very good actor but I don't think he has a commanding presence. Tom Hardy. Now HE is shaping up to becoming the actor of his generation.

  • the one with Uma Thurman and Claire Danes as Cosette, Geoffrey Rush, and course Liam Neeson as Jean Valjean. We got it for a family member for mother's day, but I'm thinking bout getting it too since Liam Neeson kicked ass in A-Team imo. Anyway, it sucks that he won't be in Hangover II but back on Lincoln, I just read in my text book not too long ago that he lost the love of his life, failed at I think two businesses, lost a lot of elections and basically had a downer for a life before he become Commander in Chief, so I'm looking forward to a Lincoln biopic.

  • May 6, 2011, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Spielberg and Kushner...

    by Bass Ackwards

    ...teamed up for Munich, which was a big, historical film with a tremendous cast, and as a result they produced a very smart, competent film. But also one that was kind of boring and lacked any compelling characters and a plodding pace. Hopefully that will be remedied simply by history with this one. I believe Doris Kearns Team of Rival is a big basis for this film, so there's a whole cast of colorful characters ready to populate this flick. But I still worry that reverence might result in another plodding, boring flick (such as Redford's recent stab with The Conspirator) . I'm a total Civil War geek though I'm just pumped to see this project finally getting off the ground, its a shame Neeson feels he's aged out of the role, especially after having spent so much time preparing for it, but Daniel Day Lewis is about as perfect a replacement as you could find. Can't wait!

  • May 6, 2011, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Meh, just give us a decent Indiana Jones 5 movie

    by Ditko

    y'know, one that doesn´t suck? Is it THAT hard to write a cool, witty, fun while dark intelligent adventure flick, like Riders was?

  • May 6, 2011, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Well, you know what the typo was.

    by Ditko

    Bite me!

  • May 6, 2011, 3:35 a.m. CST

    back_to_the_chopper

    by TheComedian77

    10 years? Are you thinking of Gangs Of New York? Because Day Lewis has been in 3 films since then, with There Will Be Blood only 4 years ago, and "Nine" just two years ago. Hardly like he's coming out of retirement for this film!

  • May 6, 2011, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Ah now you guys admit that Indy 4 is shit?

    by AsimovLives

    But when the movie was in release, it was "the return of Indiana Jones, how can you not love this, the return of adventure" and blabla bla and all that crap. So now you admit the movie is crap. Well, too late, you should had been wiser sooner. Geekasms are not the proper way to judge a movie, you should had learned that lesson... ten years ago!.

  • That's the whole point. He's moving away from what would be his "type" of movies. He wants toe volve, ad all for it. Last time he tried to do a "Spielberg movie", he fucked it up with Crystal Skullfuck. That's because today he's not the same person who made those movies in the 70s and 80s. It's stupid to want him to do those when he's a different, older, more mature man nowdays. His interests are elsewhere. And if you are so nostalgic about vintage Spielberg, you can either pop one of his older movies, or you can wait for "Super 8", which aparently is some pastiche of those older Spielberg movies. Well, that's what JJ Abram's advertizement team says, but he's well known for being a shameless fucking liar.

  • May 6, 2011, 4:25 a.m. CST

    What happened to the Harrison Ford Lincoln-assassination film?

    by Wookie_Weed

    I remember it going into production years ago, Harrison Ford playing the guy who tracked down Lincoln's assassin. What happened to that?

  • YES, you ASS-BAGS, I’m taking the piss!

  • I was just pointing out that this doesn't feel like one. And not everything Spielberg has done has been an "action" movie, but this still seems so far off from everything else he has done. I get the impression that he would bore himself to death with this kind of movie. And I still say Crystal Skull wasn't his fault. I blame it on the awful script from George "Hasn't done anything watchable since 1983" Lucas.

  • May 6, 2011, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Hal Holbrook: Great choice

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

  • May 6, 2011, 5:32 a.m. CST

    wookie_weed

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    I was thinking the same thing. Based on the book MANHUNT (which was pretty darn good). I was hoping to see that made.

  • May 6, 2011, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Hal Holbrook met Lincoln once

    by CuervoJones

    Just joking, superb actor. Superb cast. Superb director.

  • May 6, 2011, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Is your mouth all dried up with cunny juice?

    by john_nada

    Cannot wait for this. Spielberg is still the master. Screw the haters, your lack of respect is shocking. I would love Daniel Day Lewis to pull the "cunny juice" line just once more in a film, but alas, I don't think this will be the place for it.

  • May 6, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST

    @burnednotice_dude -- Apparently HBO was doing Manhunt now

    by Wookie_Weed

    That was in 2008 so I assume it fell in a ditch somewhere. http://tinyurl.com/3skmvg2

  • May 6, 2011, 7 a.m. CST

    Apparently HBO IS doing Manhunt now. Or was.

    by Wookie_Weed

    Geezus, my past, present and future keeps getting mixed up whenever I write about Harrison Ford. Probably how he feels these days too.

  • May 6, 2011, 7:08 a.m. CST

    But will Linkin Park do the soundtrack???

    by D.Vader

  • May 6, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Bruce Mcgill is a great character actor.

    by BigTuna

    Doesn't get the attention he deserves. I've liked him since he played Jack Dalton on Macguyver.

  • May 6, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Yeah I thought this site loved Indy 4...

    by BigTuna

    And no, not just Harry. You guys have done a 180. We told you it was a huge turd.

  • May 6, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    I am all for mini golf and anything vegetarian.

    by frank

    Thimbles can fuck off.

  • May 6, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Lots of good actors, but

    by Brian Hopper

    a big showy cast like this can take down a movie pretty easily. That's one of the fundamental problems with Amistad: casting overkill. Hopkins plus a bunch of lesser known actors would have played better. Same with Lincoln: Daniel Day-Lewis is enough... I don't want a lot of familiar faces populating a movie set in the 1860s. Spielberg should be casting this the way he did Saving Private Ryan: one megastar, plus lots of good up-and-comers and less well-known character actors. That said, this film could still be pretty good.

  • May 6, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Like Bruce McGill going back to Animal House (the guy's got some loong resume)

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    , but I wouldn't have minded Oliver Platt either.

  • May 6, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Maybe this film will finally reveal

    by Brian Hopper

    where Lincoln buried Lincoln's gold.

  • May 6, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Michael Cera is THE actor of his generation

    by Nico Toscani

    It's as much of a "fact" as Quint's statement.

  • May 6, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Day Lewis as Lincoln? Neeson Would Be Better

    by frakthetoasters

    I thought Liam Neeson would be better cast as Lincoln. Is Daniel Day-Lewis old enough to convincingly play the role? And what will Joseph Gordon-Hewitt do as the eldest Lincoln child except complain that his Harvard pal Robert G. Shaw gets to command a regiment in action while he, Lincoln, is serving on a command staff? There'd better be some kind of battles in this movie. Not just Lincoln vs. Douglas, but honest to God action. And it better be a gorey, GLORY mess not the blood free filmed reenactment that GETTYSBURG was.

  • May 6, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Really hoping for an epic-scale historical drama.

    by Jeffrey

    I just love this sort of thing when it's done with attention to storytelling and pace without getting all frothy over itself and pandering to Oscar voters.

  • May 6, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Wait! Spielberg historical piece without jews!?

    by Jeffrey

  • May 6, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Excellent cast....hope the script is good

    by Bobo_Vision

    And hope it's not some sentimental jingoistic pap with long shots of the American flag.

  • May 6, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Lincoln.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Throckmorton.

  • May 6, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    neeson; what exactly happened?

    by ragingfluff

    did he drop out or did spielberg ditch him? was neeson sick of waiting for spielberg to get started?(I seem to recall they've been talking about this film for years and years and years) is neeson looking for big paychecks in action-fluff instead of decent dramatic work? (apparently he just shot some new scenes for the blu-ray of one of the star wars thingies, which sounds like someone totally whoring out their talent in front of a green screen ... I'm very disappointed as I thought he'd make a great Lincoln and probably get an Oscar nomination if the film is the big dramatic Oscar bait I think it will be. Day-Lewis will be brilliant and this will be an awesome film, no matter what .... but still

  • May 6, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Neeson looks exactly like...

    by SnootyBoots

    ...the Lincoln on the marquee of the Lincoln Restaurant on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago , Illinois.

  • May 6, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Nesson has become a joke

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I'm glad he was dropped. He's like 80's Michael Caine. What's next, a starring role in a Jaws V as Hoagie's son?

  • May 6, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Just hoping

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Lincoln isn't just played as some kind of perfect god-like character like he is oftern shown in other films. I'm guessing this is the case if Day-Lewis is on board.

  • May 6, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    LINCOLN: AN EPIC SAGA

    by Reckoner

    This has the potential to be truly great. An almost certain lock for Day-Lewis to win his 3rd Oscar, and it hasn't even started filming yet. I hope the screenplay is entertaining and not just a dull biopic. This is almost can't-miss, both in how good it will be and the fact that you have to see it. I wonder what the budget will be. Probably has to be at least $100 mil. After Indy 4, it' s good to see Spielberg do something serious, a la Munich.

  • May 6, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    CHOPPAH is calling it now.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    This will win every Oscar, even the ones for shorts, docs and cartoons. And the lifetime achievement award. And the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. And the technical awards they give out the night before. The Beard has a message for Hollywood: CHOPPED.

  • What a sad day for humanity it will be if the vampire hunter Lincoln movie makes a ton of money, yet Spielberg's realistic one flops. I won't be surprised if that is how things go down.

  • May 6, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    But Whose gonna play "Desmond Pfeiffer" in this movie

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

    I Suggest Eddie Murphy (with his dignity sapping fat suit)

  • This could be a GREAT film - although I haven't seen the script, obviously - as long as Spielberg doesn't make it too staid and reverent - he should bring his "Munich"-style direction to this - he should PUT YOU THERE. I think people know what I mean (who know what I mean). Spielberg can tend to drench historical films in cotton-lensed muchness; he should make the film about Lincoln with a more immediate style.

  • May 6, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see this pile of Politically Correct Shit...

    by conspiracy

    Wonder how Spielberg will handle the scenes of Lincoln unleashing Sherman to wage a scorched earth campaign against civilians will be brilliant; and the sub plot of Lincoln trying right up to his death to ship Blacks back the fuck to African a laugh a minute.

  • or reading letters from the front. Or a letter being read to Robert Todd. He did fight, but not until near the end, I think. So yeah, there will be a way to get that in there without straying too long from the main character, which, imho, fucks up the movie's point-of-view. Funny, just yesterday I was thinking about the sheer amount of death during some of the war's worst battles and how I don't think I've ever seen that portrayed in a cinematically interesting way. Of course there's Glory and Gettysburg and a few others, but I mean game-changing, like Saving Private Ryan. As another poster said, it always seems largely 'bloodless' and inert, when it probably should be the most hellish representation of war, especially in the 'medical' tents and the suffering caused by wounds. Also, like I said, the almost unfathomable casualties for the time.

  • May 6, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    My bad, no he didn't...

    by SK229

    apparently RT had some kind of cushy assistant job. Not for lack of wanting to, though, from what I've read. Maybe we'll have a scene where Tom Cruise inexplicably enters the frame in his WOW leather jacket, t-shirt, and jeans and holds JGL by the shoulders screaming for him to not go over that hill. I smell a youtube parody...

  • May 6, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    SK229...."unfathomable casualties for the time"

    by conspiracy

    There were about 625,000 Casualties during the Civil War...almost as many as ALL other conflicts combined. The casualties were unfathomable for ANY time.

  • May 7, 2011, 12:28 a.m. CST

    The inner workings of Assimovs brain

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    Automaton mode Step 1: scan AICN articles for viable subjects. Step 2: Figure out any way to connect JJ Abrams to the article. Step 3: Go into the talkback and talk shit about JJ Abrams because his cousin worked on the film as a light tech.

  • May 7, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST

    I don't know Choppah

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    these films that look good on paper don't often win many Oscars. It definitely has a lot of potential.

  • May 7, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    jwsel

    by Rebel Scumb

    Like I said, I have no idea if its true or not, just what M&W claimed. But Spielberg has been talking about doing a Lincoln film long before 2005. I can remember the talk as far back as when minority report came out. Him and Liam Neeson were going to do it, but its been in development since at least minority report came out.

  • May 7, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt?

    by ryderdvs

    Was excited until I read that. Why is this guy being shoved down everyone's throat? Better than Shia Le Douche I guess....

  • May 7, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Robert Todd

    by proevad

    You never hear much of anything about him when you read the biographies of Lincoln. I don't even think the two of them knew each other that well. Interesting that he will play such a huge part in the film.

  • May 7, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    [dioxholster]

    by proevad

    well done, sir.

  • May 9, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    actor of his generation...

    by itsallinthereflexes

    Could be Levitt, he was awesome in Mysterious Skin, Brick and Manic. I think its a toss up between him, Gosling and Tom Hardy (who I think is the best actor out of all three).