Screenplay of Tony Kushner's "Lincoln" Biopic, Directed by Steven Spielberg, Hits Shelves Jan. 22

By Michael Gioia
22 Jan 2013

Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
Photo by David James 2012 - DreamWorks II Distribution Co.

Tony Kushner's critically acclaimed screenplay for "Lincoln," the motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg and inspired by Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," hits shelves Jan. 22. 

The screenplay, published by Theatre Communications Group (TCG), contains a foreword by Kearns Goodwin and eight pages of color photos from the film. 

The Dreamworks film — a collaboration from Oscar winner Spielberg ("Schindler's List," "Saving Private Ryan") and Pulitzer Prize winner Kushner — opened in a wide release Nov. 16, 2012.

Kushner won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993 for Angels in America and was Tony-nominated for the book and score of Broadway's Caroline, Or Change. His play The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scripture was seen in an Off-Broadway engagement last year at The Public Theater.



According to Dreamworks, the film focuses on "the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War." Tony winner John Logan (Red) and Paul Webb are also credited as writers on the project.

The cast features Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis ("My Left Foot") and Sally Field ("Norma Rae") as Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, respectively, with David Strathairn (The Three Sisters, Dance of Death) as William Seward, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Slava's Snowshow) as Robert Todd Lincoln, James Spader (Race) as W.N. Bilbo, Tony winner Hal Holbrook (Mark Twain Tonight!) as Francis Preston Blair, Tommy Lee Jones (Ulysses in Nighttown) as Thaddeus Stevens, John Hawkes (The 24 Hour Plays) as Robert Latham, Jackie Earle Haley (Slab Boys) as Alexander Stephens, Bruce McGill (My One and Only) as Edwin Stanton, Tim Blake Nelson (Eye of God) as Richard Schell, Joseph Cross ("Milk") as John Hay, Jared Harris ("Natural Born Killers") as Ulysses S. Grant, Lee Pace (The Normal Heart) as Fernando Wood and Tony nominee Colman Domingo (The Scottsboro Boys) as Private Harold Green.

The project, which was filmed last fall in Virginia, is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Spielberg. Daniel Lupi is the executive producer.

To pre-order the screenplay, visit TCG.org