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First Lincoln trailer finds hope in a time of pain

Steven Spielberg’s done it again. The Oscar-winning director has produced another historical epic called Lincoln. Like War Horse before it, the film’s first trailer is a real tearjerker.

Lincoln Trailer

After months of anticipation, DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox have released the first trailer for Lincoln. It’s directed by Steven Spielberg and stars two-time Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role. Lincoln is a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th president’s tumultuous final months in office.

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Official synopsis:

In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come. During President Lincoln’s tumultuous final months in office, he pursues a course of action to end the Civil War, unite the country and abolish slavery.

Lincoln co-stars Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, James Spader and Hal Holbrook. Within the trailer, you see several familiar faces such as Jared Harris (Mad Men), Lee Pace (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2), Adam Driver (HBO’s Girls), and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen).

Prior to Day-Lewis coming on board, Liam Neeson was slated to play the former president. Unfortunately, he dropped out due to production delays and scheduling conflicts. The actor also felt he aged out of the role. In 2010, his rep told EW, “That project has never seemed to come to fruition so he just moved on a couple of years ago.”

It’s two years later, and Lincoln is headed to a theater near you.

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Watch the first official trailer for Lincoln below:

Lincoln opens in theaters in limited released on Nov. 9, and expands Nov. 16, 2012.

Photo credit: DreamWorks/Twentieth Century Fox

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