Steven Spielberg's Lincoln Biopic Gets Release Date
This summer audiences were given a wild reinvention of the life of the sixteenth President of the United States of America with Timur Bekmambetov's action-horror feature Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. But this fall, Steven Spielberg will unveil his more traditional take on Honest Abe's life story with the sprawling historical drama Lincoln.
Based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's bestselling biography Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, this Spielberg-helmed drama is practically dripping in prestige. Not only does it boast an incredible ensemble casts led by two-time Academy Award-winner Daniel Day-Lewis that includes Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes, and Tommy Lee Jones, but Lincoln was also penned in part by acclaimed Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner. With a pedigree like this it's little wonder then that Touchstone Pictures is releasing it in the thick of awards season.
Deadline reports Lincoln will take to theaters in a limited release November 9th then expand into more venues on November 16th. This means in its first week, Lincoln will face off against Bond (James Bond) in Sam Mendes much-anticipated Skyfall as well as Joe Wright's lushly realized adaptation of Anna Karenina. Then, on the 16th—as it grows into a wide release—this Oscar-courting epic will go head to head with the box office force of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.
As no other major releases have dared to set foot on the turf claimed by the final Twilight movie, Lincoln could prove a welcomed alternative for moviegoers who've tired of vampires or have no interest in teen romance. But as Spielberg we've only gotten a peek so far, it's tough to say if Lincoln will be able to make a stand amongst the spectacles that already crowd its debut.
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