Director Steven Spielberg announced he will start production on his next movie Lincoln this fall in Virginia. The filmmaker will shoot in the historic towns of Petersburg and Richmond, which was the capitol of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Here's what the director had to say about these locations in a statement.
"Virginia's rich historic legacy, coupled with the remarkable period architecture found in Richmond and Petersburg, make central Virginia the ideal location for this production."
Daniel Day-Lewis will star as America's 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, while Sally Field stars as his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. Lincoln is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Tony Kushner (Munich) adapted the screenplay.
Aside from the historical significance of Virginia, Lincoln was lured to the state by nearly $5 million in tax incentives by the Governor's Motion Picture Opportunity Fund, Virginia Motion Picture Tax Credit Fund and other contributions.
Lincoln will also tie into the upcoming 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.