Steven Spielberg is finally about to start filming his long-in-the-works biopic 'Lincoln,' with Daniel Day-Lewis as the esteemed 16th president. Although the film is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book 'Team of Rivals' -- which covered Lincoln's entire four-year-presidency -- the movie will focus only on the last four months of his life. Just don't expect to see it in theaters before next November.

"The movie will be purposely coming out after next year's election," Spielberg told the Orlando Sentinel. "I didn't want it to become political fodder. [...] It is really a movie about the great work Abraham Lincoln did in the last months of his life."

The movie is set to film in Richmond, Va.: "There are battles in it, and being in Virginia, we have access to those historic battlefields," said Spielberg.

As for the film's post-election release, that will still leave plenty of time for Oscar voters to support 'Lincoln' as their candidate of choice.

Besides filming 'Lincoln,' the busy director will have to take time out to promote 'The Adventures of Tintin' and 'War Horse,' both due before the end of the year.

[Orlando Sentinel via CinemaBlend]

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