Spielberg's 'Lincoln' nabs Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln opposite Daniel Day-Lewis

sally-field-gettty.jpg Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," based on the book "Team of Rivals" and adapted for the screen by "Angels in America" playwright Tony Kushner, has found its Mary Todd Lincoln in the always classic Sally Field, 64, the studio announced Wednesday (April 13).

"I'm excited to be working with Sally for the first time. I've admired her films, and she has always been my first choice to portray all the fragility and complexity that was Mary Todd Lincoln," says director Spielberg. So ... he likes her. He really, really likes her.

Field will star opposite Daniel Day-Lewis, 53, (also a two-time Oscar winner) who has already been cast in the title role. The film concentrates on President Lincoln and the clashes between him and the officers in his cabinet. Filming should start in the fall and it is slated for a late 2012 release.

It's interesting that President Lincoln was nine years older than Mary, while Field is 11 years older than Lewis. And in another bit of trivia, today (Thursday, April 14) is the day President Lincoln was shot in Ford's Theatre in 1865. He died the following day.

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