First Theatrical Trailer For Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’

Written by on September 13, 2012 

After a still shot, a poster, and tiniest hints of the man in motion, a full trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln unveils Daniel Day-Lewis as the United States’ 16th President. Oh, sure, you’ll also see beautiful production design, much of the film’s great supporting cast, and hear snippets of the expectedly-grand John Williams score — which is all solid, too.

But we all want to see what Day-Lewis brings to the table. It’s on display here in spades — almost as if they’re “saving” it for the final result; that’s fine by me — carrying an unusual voice that I, a huge fan, didn’t recognize, and bringing the physicality we’ve only seen in photographs. Still, the preview is only showing what’s clearly a snapshot of what Spielberg, clearly, aims to make a historical epic that’s worthy of the figure at its center. So far, so good.

The trailer is right below, followed by seven high-resolution stills:

With a script by Tony KushnerLincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee JonesDavid StrathairnJohn Hawkes, James Spader, Lee Pace, Jackie Earle Haley, Sally Field, Michael Stuhlbarg, Hal Holbrook, Walton Goggins, Bruce McGill, Tim Blake Nelson, David Oyelowo, Joseph Cross, and David Costabile.


Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Lincoln hits theaters on November 9th.

Does this first trailer pull you into the world of Lincoln?

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