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Steven Spielberg's Lincoln will be in theaters everywhere starting on November 16th, but it was only a matter of time before it was announced when and where the movie would be holding its world premiere. Today the answer has been revealed. A press release has been sent out saying that the Daniel Day-Lewis-starring biopic will be holding its premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on November 8th as the closing night film at this year's AFI Fest. This is the second year in a row that a Spielberg title has been named as the final gala screening, as the event last year saw The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn also play before a public audience for the first time.
Starring Day-Lewis as the United States' 16th president, the film is a biopic that centers on the end of the Civil War and the presidents efforts to abolish slavery. Tony Kushner, who wrote the screenplay for Spielberg's Munich, wrote the script based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln." The breathtaking supporting cast includes Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes Hal Holbrook, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader and Jared Harris.
Said AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale in a statement, "Steven Spielberg is an American master, enriching the cultural legacy of our nation with each new film in his extraordinary career. We are honored he has chosen AFI FEST for the World Premiere of Lincoln, an historic cinematic event in itself as it brings the most dramatic American history to life for new generations."
Just as I have the last two years, I once again plan to be down in the heart of Hollywood seeing movies as part of AFI Fest and with any luck (my fingers are definitely crossed) I will have the chance to go to the Lincoln premiere and tell you all about it. In the mean time, to see more from the new Spielberg movie - including the recently released trailer - head over to our Blend Film Database.