First Look: Daniel Day-Lewis As Abraham Lincoln In Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln

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Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln

Would you believe that this modern-day Abraham Lincoln is actually Daniel Day-Lewis? This photo has popped up all over the Internet in the last day or so—it's Daniel chilling at a Richmond, VA restaurant while filming Steven Spielberg‘s epic biopic Lincoln. (A local named Michael Phillips tweeted the surreptitious photo.)

Obviously Daniel must have felt it was necessary to stay in-costume even during his off-time. And who can blame him, with the amazing job the makeup department did! He's nearly unrecognizable as the actor, and looks like Abe himself reincarnated. It's the shape of the face that gets us, the brow and the recognizable hair/beard.

Spielberg announced the casting exactly a year ago in November 2010, saying,

Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film or even some time in cinema’s distant future. I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with Lincoln.

For a while it was rumored that Liam Neeson would be playing our late, great president, but he stepped down because it took too many years and he felt he was too old. I can tell you who is in the cast, however: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Pushing Daisies‘ Lee Pace, John Hawkes (the creepy cult leader in Martha Marcy May Marlene), and Jackie Earle Haley.

And you know who wrote the script? Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner. This is gonna be a great movie.