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Daniel Day-Lewis to play Lincoln in Spielberg movie

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Though it’s difficult to picture a more accurate Abraham Lincoln than Liam Neeson, Daniel Day-Lewis is a surprisingly acceptable alternative. Over the weekend, Director Steven Spielberg revealed that the British actor will portray one of the most revered presidents in United States history.

“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. I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with Lincoln,” said Steven Spielberg.

Aside from directing by Spielberg, Lincoln is written by Tony Kushner, best known for Munich and the Angels in America miniseries. He is also a highly revered playwright. The film has been in development for some time and should start shooting in Fall 2011 for a planned late 2012 release.

Daniel Day-Lewis is in good hands, but the filmmakers are likely more honored than he is to have him. The two-time Oscar winner (My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood) is known for his method acting and how selective he is when choosing roles. He has starred in several high profile films including Gangs of New York and The Last of the Mohicans. He replaces Liam Neeson, who dropped out of the project after many delays.

“Throughout his career, he has been exceptionally selective in his choice of material, which makes us feel even more fortunate that he has chosen to join with us for Lincoln,” said Stacy Snider, Dreamworks CEO.

What do you think about Day-Lewis as the 16th President of the United States? Does he have the right aura to play such a revered man or should he stick to drinking milkshakes?