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.