Lincoln - Daniel Day-Lewis
Lincoln - Poster: President Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) looks across a battlefield in the aftermath of a terrible siege ©2012 DreamWorks II Distribution, photo by David James, SMPSP

Steven Spielberg’s new film Lincoln was tipped for Oscar success after a high profile ‘unannounced’ screening at the New York Film Festival yesterday.

The film stars twice Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis as America’s 16th president in final months of office. It also stars Tommy Lee Jones who plays the powerful Republican congressman Thaddeus Stevens. Sally Field is playing Lincoln’s wife, Mary Ann.

Before the screening Steven Spielberg was on stage telling the lucky ticket holders that “this is a journey for me unlike any other, a journey through history I hoped would never end.” Then he mentioned that the film was a little “unfinished,” with some technical aspects remaining to be completed.

The response to the screening seems to have put the movie in the race for the best picture and best director Oscars.

Lincoln will start with limited theatrical release on November 9. A week later it get a fuller release across the States and Canada. The UK and Australia will get the film in January 2013.

Lincoln – Trailer

Lincoln – Official Information

Lincoln - Poster: Daniel Day-Lewis
Poster: President Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) ©2012 DreamWorks II Distribution

During President Lincoln’s tumultuous final months in office, he pursues a course of action to end the Civil War, unite the country and abolish slavery.

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones.

Lincoln is produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

The DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox film, in association with Participant Media, releases in US theaters exclusive on November 9, 2012, with expansion on November 16, 2012.

Lincoln – Gallery

Lincoln – Theatrical release

USA & Canada November 9, 2012
Australia January 17, 2013
UK January 25, 2013