Spielberg to release Lincoln biopic after 2012 US presidential polls

Updated: Sep 22, 2011, 12:28 PM IST

London: Steven Spielberg has revealed that his biopic based on former US President Abraham Lincoln will be released in 2012 to avoid it from serving as “political fodder”.

According to the Orlando Sentinal, the 64-year-old director also said that the movie would purposely be coming out after next year’s US presidential elections.

“The movie will be purposely coming out after next year’s election,” the BBS quoted him as saying.

The biopic, based on the last four months of the life of the 16th President of the United States, will be based on the recent best selling book ‘Team of Rivals’, written by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Daniel Day-Lewis will play the president, while Sally Field will portray his wife in the movie, which will follow Lincoln’s journey to abolish slavery and end the American Civil War, but will be centred on the final four months of his life.

IANS