With less than two months before it debuts in limited release, DreamWorks Pictures debuted the first full-length trailer for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" today. The preview teased the classic cinematic imagery and framing Spielberg has been known to embrace when tackling more serious, period fare and gave moviegoers their first extended look of Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President of the United States. And while Day-Lewis appears headed for another Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Honest Abe, it was the subtle inclusion of Lincoln with his young son (we assume) that was the surprise.
Adapted by Tony Kushner, "Lincoln" focuses on the President's battle to pass the 13th Amendment to the Constitution to abolish slavery. The prestige awards season player also stars Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lee Pace, Jackie Earle Haley, Adam Driver, John Hawkes and Jared Harris. No doubt, it's a picture we'll be discussing all the way up to the 85th Academy Awards in February. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer embedded in this post.
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"Lincoln" opens in limited release on Nov. 9 and nationwide on Nov. 16.