From the moment Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln feature was announced, the word “Oscar®” followed.
With the casting of two-time Academy Award® winners Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field, winner Tommy Lee Jones, nominees Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook and David Strathairn, plus the incredibly talented and, hopefully, soon-to-be nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the stakes are mounting for an epic trip back to the 1860s as the Civil War rages on and our 16th President tries to end slavery.
Add to it, it becomes obvious that Lincoln’s political struggles take a toll at home, creating tension between he and the First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln, portrayed by Field.
It’s all there in the new trailer, which debuted amid the height of American political season, ripe with its images of past political and civil rights champions and its message to “Unite.”
There’s no mistaking this is a Steven Spielberg movie, from its sweeping images and pulsing score, to the cinematography of Janusz Kaminski, reminiscent of his work on previous Spielberg films including Amistad, Band of Brothers, Munich and especially last year’s War Horse.
And we may soon get our first “reviews” of the movie, as it’s rumored to be showing at the New York Film Festival, which is currently underway and ends October 14th. If the movie does show there, it would reportedly be an unfinished version of the movie.
The movie’s official world premiere is November 8th at the closing night of the AFI Fest.
Until then, we are left to ponder this new trailer for Lincoln, in theaters November 16th.