Looks like we were spot on with our casting of Daniel Day-Lewis as our tallest president, Abraham Lincoln. The only problem is, we cast him in the wrong movie. Day-Lewis won't be slaying bloodsuckers in the upcoming adaptation of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," but he will be starring as Honest Abe in Steven Spielberg's long-gestating biopic "Lincoln," according to a statement released by DreamWorks.
The role had originally been reserved for Liam Neeson, but following years of delays, the 58-year-old grew too old for the part (Lincoln was assassinated at 56). So now it'll go to 53-year-old Day-Lewis instead.
"Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film or even some time in cinema's distant future," Spielberg said in a statement. "I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with 'Lincoln.'"
The film, based on the bestseller "Team of Rivals" by Pulitzer-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and with a script by Pulitzer-winning playwright Tony Kushner, will focus on the political conflicts between Lincoln and his presidential cabinet as they deal with such controversial issues as the abolition of slavery and the fighting of the Civil War. TheWrap speculates that the movie won't follow the boring birth-to-death story arc that has ruined many other worthy biopics. Filming is expected to start in fall 2011 for a theatrical release sometime in late 2012.
So what does this mean for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"? The project has definitely garnered a lot of buzz in Hollywood, but with no stars intact, it could still be a couple years away from actually starting filming. Honestly, I'd prefer a vampire-staking Lincoln to the boring ole historical one any day, but two Lincoln projects coming out at the same time might be a bit much for Hollywood to handle. Actually, that sounds like exactly what will happen.
Do you think Daniel Day-Lewis will make a good Abraham Lincoln?