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Daniel Day Lewis Works To Abolish Slavery & Unite Country In First Full Trailer For ‘Lincoln’

Daniel Day Lewis Works To Abolish Slavery & Unite Country In First Full Trailer For 'Lincoln'

Not much needs to said here, really. It’s a Steven Spielberg historical epic drama (this time centered on Abraham Lincoln), Daniel Day Lewis stars as the title character, and he’s joined by Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, and several other revered acting talents like David Oyelowo and Gloria Reuben.

Something tells me Lewis has the Best Actor Oscar locked up already, even though the film won’t be out until November 9thLiam Neeson had long been rumored to star in the film – he certainly has the height advantage over Lewis (6′ 4″ for Neeson, the same height as Lincoln, compared to 6′ 1″ for Lewis), but I’m sure Lewis will do just fine.

The film focuses specifically on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office, with the nation divided by war and change on the horizon, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. 

Given the subject matter, expect to see lots of black faces on screen in peripheral roles.

Watch the trailer below:

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We're going to have our own six degrees game soon. Look out Kevin Bacon. Here comes David Oyelowo. This man is working in everything. Tom Cruise, Viola Davis, Forest Whitaker, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman, James Franco, George Lucas, Daniel Day Lewis. Hats off.

SO what

"I am nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes , nor qualifying then to hold office, nor to intermarry with White people.." Abraham Lincoln

willie dynamite

This has the same undertones as the Help, meaning it will make its intended audience feel good about the story. Irregardless of the truth of the matter. A film that will minimize white guilt over the atrocity known as slavery/Oppression. Truth It Aint hit it on the head previously, the freeing of the slaves was a collateral issue not the main one. Spielberg is a beast of a filmmaker and does know how to tap in to the humanity of a story so you have to give him a chance. I just hope that it delves deeper in to the real history that showcases the violent capitalist foundation of this country.

Emmett Period

Perfect….another film with Slaves, thanks to "The Help" being a box office hit.


oh its fox ill pass- it will defiantely be racist.


wow David Oyelowo is pretty busy good for him! dont for get blighty though we still love you!

Truth it ain't

Lincoln quote in letter he wrote: "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union."

Stop all the white folk worship, ya'll.


I was kinda hoping for darker and grittier. But its still nice to see a CW movie that doesnt have a heavy southern bias.


I liked it. It's fine the way it is. I wouldn't want too much from the history books put in the trailer. Save it for the film. That's where half the drama is coming from here, the history books. And the value at stake here is FREEDOM. We all know the outcome. If you all can't find the excitement in that alone, slave gaining freedom, then you all are the problem with cinema today.


Have to say the trailer is kind of dull and Daniel Day Lewis, one of the best actors ever… well I have to say his speaking voice seems light for such a iconic character.


First, I caught the Oscar sarcasm :-). And yes, there's plenty of black faces up in here :-). Yep, grateful negros, mourning negros, cowering negros, good negros, hanging negros and of course slaves. This has Oscar written all over it! But I still don't understand the excitement behind David Oyelowo? He definitely looks out of place in this one. He looks like a little boy playing dress-up-war. But maybe, since this is a civil war flick, they might have him led a band of black soldiers up pork chop hill, a la Denzel in Glory? Hell, after sitting through 2 hours of being called nigger, darkies and less than a man, we gotta have something to cheer about.


I'm not feeling the trailer either. No tension.


That trailer makes me worry. Spielberg isn't new to swimmig in sentimentality – he practically defined them with his sweeping close-ups – so why do I feel like he's "War-Horsed" this film?


Not sure about having the Oscar locked up based on that trailer, but definitely will check for this as DDL is one of the world's best. I just hope Spielberg doesn't overplay the Obama-Lincoln comparisons…

Adam Scott Thompson

The trailer left me… underwhelmed. Still, anything with DDL in it gets a look.

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