Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis in Ill. to prepare for `Lincoln`

Updated: Nov 21, 2010, 10:03 AM IST

Springfeild: Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis is preparing for his role as Abraham Lincoln by visiting the state where the former president began his political career.

DreamsWorks Studios says Day-Lewis will star in the Steven Spielberg-directed film ‘Lincoln.’ The movie is based on the book ‘Team of Rivals’ by Doris Kearns Goodwin , who joined Day-Lewis on his tour in Illinois.

The State Journal-Register reports the actor toured several historic sites Friday in Springfield, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, the Lincoln Home and the Old State Capitol , where Lincoln served as a legislator.

Filming is expected to begin next fall, and the movie is to be released in late 2012.

Bureau Report