After a week long wait that kicked off earlier this week, the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s long awaited biopic Lincolnhas finally hit the internet last night following an official Google-sponsored reveal. While there’s been plenty of buzz regarding the upcoming adaptation, most of the talk has been shifted to the always-strong performance of Daniel Day Lewis who will be tackling the role of the titular President. Filled with stars galore, the first footage not only shows us just what to expect from the Civil War story but impressively cements it with historical momentum that feels absolutely powerful.
Lincoln ”will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.” Director Spielberg says “what permanently ended slavery was the very close vote in the House of Representatives over the 13th Amendment – that story I’m excited to tell.” Spielberg plans to show “Lincoln at work, not just Lincoln standing around posing for the history books…arguably the greatest working President in American history doing some of the greatest work for the world.”
The film will explore Lincoln’s role at the end of the Civil War eventually leading up to that ill-fated night in the balcony. Lewis will be playing President Lincoln, while he’ll be joined by an extraordinary cast that includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, James Spader, Lee Pace, Jackie Earle Haley, Walton Goggins, Tim Blake Nelson, and many more.
Lincoln is set for release on November 16th, with a limited release one week earlier.