While Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse* are about to hit theaters in coming weeks, The Beard never rests–as we speak he’s been in Virginia for a month filming his upcoming Lincoln biopic. And now thanks to a leaked picture originally tweeted by Michael Phillips, we’ve got our first look at the film’s other famous beard: Star Daniel Day-Lewis’ as Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln.
(* I should note these are two separate films–there is no such movie as The Adventures of Tintin and His War Horse. Though now I kinda wanna see that.)
This is not a photo from the film–rather, Day-Lewis was photographed this week on break, dining out in a restaurant, while in his Lincoln makeup and half in costume. (So no, Spielberg’s film isn’t some modernized take, where the 16th President wears blue jeans under his frock coat.)
Not that Day-Lewis’ beard is some pasted-on hair piece–it’s real. In fact, sources say famously dedicated Method actor has, as usual, tried to completely disappear inside the role. Though filming only started last month, he’s been speaking in Lincoln’s high-pitched voice since March.
(For years, Liam Neeson was set to play Spielberg’s Lincoln, but he dropped out of the project the summer of 2010, saying he’d become too old for the role.)
Spielberg has said that his film, based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, will focus on the last few months of Lincoln’s presidency, and will not be released until after the 2012 Presidential elections, so that it won’t become “politicized.”
Lincoln co-stars every respected, working actor alive, including (take a deep breath and hang on to your stove-pipe hats): Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the President’s son Robert Todd Lincoln, Sally Field as his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones as the abolitionist Congressional leader Thaddeus Stevens, James Spader as Democratic operative W.N. Bilbo, Lee Pace as Democratic Congressman and pro-Confederacy rival Fernando Wood, and Jackie Earle Haley as Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens.
But wait, that’s not all! There’s also Winter’s Bone and Martha Marcy May Marlene‘s John Hawkes as Lincoln supporter Colonel Robert Latham, Joseph Cross as Lincoln’s assistant John Hay, David Strathairn as Secretary of State William Seward, Walton Goggins as Democratic Congressman Wells A. Hutchins, Hal Holbrook as Republican politician Francis Preston Blair, Tim Blake Nelson as New York politician Richard Schell, Jared Harris (Professor Moriarty in the upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel) as Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, and Bruce McGill as Secretary of War Edwin Stanton.