Oscar-winning film director Steven Spielberg says he wants to present Abraham Lincoln — the nation’s most iconic president — as a flesh-and-blood human being.
“Lincoln was a monumental president,” Spielberg said in unveiling the trailer for the film that opens next month. “But we treat him like a man, not a monument.”
Lincoln, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, is also about the burden of leadership, and “the kind of weight that Lincoln has to bear,” Spielberg said.
The film opens Nov. 9 in some theaters, and nationwide the week after that.“The film, which was adapted by Tony Kushner from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s non-fiction book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, focuses on Lincoln’s final four months in office as he strives to end the Civil War, unite the nation and abolish slavery.In addition to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Lincoln’s eldest son, Robert, the star-studded cast includes Sally Field as first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, David Strathairn as Secretary of State William Seward and Tommy Lee Jones as congressman Thaddeus Stevens.
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