Back in 2011, Steven Spielberg said "Lincoln" would not come out before the presidential election because the director didn't want his film to "become political fodder." All bets are off, however, when it comes to the marketing campaign. In a bold move, Disney unveiled a new, two-minute trailer for "Lincoln" during the presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Wednesday night.
Fortunately, the spot -- which aired on CNN, CBS and ABC -- dispenses with any electioneering in favor of focus on the difficulties of job itself. Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) is shown battling with his opponents over abolishing slavery, a debate that leads to this incredible kicker: "I am the president of the United States of America ... clothed in immense power!"
Even Andrew Shepherd is quaking in his boots.
Starring Day-Lewis as the 16th president as well as Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, John Hawkes and many, many more, "Lincoln" is out in limited release on Nov. 9 before expanding wide on Nov. 16. Spielberg directs, from a script by Tony Kushner.