First Look: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abe Lincoln

We don’t always post single first look photographs here in the third row, but when we do, it’s Daniel Day-Lewis knocking our socks off with some sort of transformation And here, courtesy of EW, we have our official first look of DDL in full makeup and costume as President Lincoln.

According to the article, Lincoln will focus on “the last four months of the president’s life and the political strategizing he undertook at the close of the Civil War to ensure that slavery would be forever outlawed.” Steven Spielberg said of it:

“Our movie is really about a working leader who must make tough decisions and get things done in the face of overwhelming opposition … [The film begins with] Lincoln’s realization that the Emancipation Proclamation, the thing he is most known for, was simply a war powers act that would easily be struck down by any number of lawyers after the cessation of hostilities after the Civil War. He needed to abolish slavery by constitutional measure — and that’s where we start.”

Spielberg also said that while he did refer to DDL as “Mr. President” on set (along with referring to all actors by their character names), a lot of the hooplah about DDL’s immersion into his roles is “more about gossip than it is about [his] technique” and DDL was “always conscious of his contemporary surroundings.” So, sorry for those of you imagining him giving brilliant speeches to cast and crew off-camera as well as on.

Lincoln opens on November 16, 2012 with a monster supporting cast that includes Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, James Spader, John Hawkes, Bruce McGill, Walton Goggins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tim Blake Nelson, Gulliver McGrath, David Oyelowo, and Hal Holbrook. I’m sure most of us will be there opening day.

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Robert Reineke

It’s the hands that really sell the illusion. It’s uncanny.