David Strathairn will portray William Seward, the Secretary of State in Abraham Lincoln's administration. He was also an ardent abolitionist and considered a pivotal member of the President's cabinet. Daniel Day-Lewis is playing President Lincoln, while Sally Field is portraying his wife. Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, and Joseph Cross have already signed onto the cast as well.
Steven Spielberg will direct Lincoln from a screenplay by Tony Kushner, which is adapted from Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
Production is scheduled to begin this fall in Virginia.