Will Steven Spielberg film Lincoln movie in Virginia?
A day after we told you Steven Spielberg was meeting with Virginia film officials in Richmond, the film director announced his long-anticipated Abraham Lincoln biopic would focus on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.
The announcement fueled more speculation in Richmond, the former capital of the confederacy. Lincoln, the 16th president, visited Richmond in April 1865 right after the city fell and shortly before he was assassinated.
Variety reported Friday that the Spielberg film will be based on the 2005 book "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin and star Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln.
"Team of Rivals" focuses on Lincoln's presidency between 1861 and 1865 with an emphasis on the three Cabinet members who ran against Lincoln in the 1860 election -- Edward Bates (Attorney General), Salmon Chase (Secretary of the Treasury) and William H. Seward (Secretary of State) -- and Lincoln's ability to deal effectively with the profound political and personal conflicts during the Civil War, according to Variety.
Filming is expected to begin in the fall 2011 for release in 2012.
Spielberg had lunch Thursday with Rita McClenny, director of the Virginia Film Office, and Andy Edmunds, the office's location manager, at Millie's Diner. Spielberg, wearing a black jacket and baseball cap, arrived with nearly a dozen people in a white van.
"I think Virginia would be the perfect spot in which to film this movie,'' Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng said.
Mary Nelson, a film office spokeswoman, declined comment.
| November 19, 2010; 3:49 PM ET
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