Presidential Debates Reveal Extended TV Spot For Steven Spielberg's Lincoln
10.04.12 by Ryan
Finally, a trailer clothed in immense power.
As the November election draws near, there's one President everyone can agree on — Abraham Lincoln. A new trailer for Lincoln aired during last night's Presidential debate, offering a longer and more detailed look at director Steven Spielberg's biopic about the sixteenth President of the United States.
Based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, Team of Rivals, the movie concentrates "on the last four months of Abraham Lincoln's life," and the contentious war if wills between Lincoln (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) and his cabinet — many of whom ran against Lincoln for the 1860 Presidential nomination — as the President fought to end the Civil War in victory, preserve the Union and worked towards abolition. The first trailer for the movie concerned itself more with the majesty of Lincoln as President, filled as it was with John Williams' moving score. The extended TV spot juxtaposes Lincoln's speech with modern-day leaders and war-time imagery, and shows more of Lincoln struggling to convince that his view of America was the right one.
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Lincoln was adapted by Tony Kushner (Munich), and co-stars Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Lincoln's oldest son, Robert Todd, Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) as Ulysses S. Grant, David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck) as Lincoln’s Secretary of State William Seward, Tommy Lee Jones as Pennsylvania congressman Thaddeus Stevens, David Oyelowo as cavalryman Ira Clark, Bruce McGill (Law Abiding Citizen) as Secretary of War Edwin Stanton,Hal Holbrook (Water for Elephants) as Republican politician Francis Preston Blair, John Hawkes (Winter's Bone) as Colonel Robert Latham, and Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children, Watchmen) as Alexander Stephens, the vice president of the Confederate States.