Steven Spielberg is planning to release his Lincoln biopic after the 2012 presidential election to avoid political fodder. The director said:

"The movie will be purposely coming out after next year's election. I didn't want it to become political fodder."

In the film, Daniel Day-Lewis plays the 16th president of the United States and Sally Field plays his wife, Mary Todd, based on "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin and adapted by Tony Kushner. Lincoln follows Abraham Lincoln's journey to abolish slavery and end the Civil War.

Tommy Lee Jones will play Thaddeus Stevens, a Republican leader and congressman from Pennsylvania. Stevens was a staunch supporter of abolishing slavery and was critical to writing the legislation that funded the American Civil War.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will take on the role of Robert Todd Lincoln, eldest son of President Lincoln and the only one to live past his teenage years.

The project begins production this fall in Virginia.