Images from Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’

 

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln opened to limited release November 9.  The screenplay was penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin’s 2005 book Team of Rivals, Lincoln.   The movie spans the last four months of Abraham Lincoln’s life during January 1885 and briefly touches on the time before the president’s death in April.

The story covers the passage of the 13 Amendment that would abolish slavery and the end of the Civil War.

Star Daniel Day-Lewis first read the script in 2009.  He wrote Steven Spielberg a nice note saying he liked the script but didn’t think he wanted to play the 16th president.  In 2010, Daniel Day-Lewis invited the director and writer to visit him in Ireland then agreed to take the part.

Here are pictures of the actors/actresses and their real life counterparts they portray in the movie.

Daniel Day-Lewis is Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States

Sally Field is Mary Todd Lincoln, the First Lady of the United States

Gulliver McGrath (Hugo) is Tad, Lincoln’s youngest son

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Robert, Lincoln’s eldest surviving son

Gloria Reuben (ER) is Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln’s personal dressmaker and confidante

David Strathairn is William Seward of New York, Lincoln’s former Republican rival who became his trusted Secretary of State

Bruce McGill (Cinderella Man) is Edwin Stanton of Ohio, Lincoln’s Secretary of War

Richard Topol (The Practice) is James Speed of Kentucky, Lincoln’s attorney general

Grainger Hines is Gideon Welles of Connecticut, a leading abolitionist and Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy

Dakin Matthews (True Grit) is John Usher of Indiana, Lincoln’s Secretary of the Interior

Tommy Lee Jones is Thaddeus Stevens, an abolitionist and powerful Republican congressman from Pennsylvania

S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order) is Lydia Smith, Thaddeus Stevens’ housekeeper and confidante

Jeremy Strong (The Messenger) is John Nicolay of Illinois, Lincoln’s private secretary

Joseph Cross (Running With Scissors) is John Hay of Illinois, Lincoln’s assistant private secretary

Hal Holbrook (The Firm) is Francis Preston Blair of Maryland, an influential behind-the-scenes power broker

Julie White (Transformers) is Elizabeth Blair Lee, the well-connected daughter of Frances Preston Blair

Byron Jennings (Liberty! The American Revolution) is Montgomery Blair of Maryland, Lincoln’s Postmaster General

Jared Harris (Mad Men) is Ulysses S. Grant of Illinois, the commanding general of the Union Army

Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children) is Alexander Stephens of Georgia, vice-president of the Confederacy

Gregory Itzin (24) is John Campbell of Alabama, the former Supreme Court Justice who became the Assistant Secretary of War for the Confederacy

James Spader is political operative W.N. Bilbo

Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) is political operative Richard Schell of New York

John Hawkes is political operative Robert Latham

Lincoln opens nationwide Friday, November 16.

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