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Steven Spielberg & Tony Kushner To Adapt Team of Rivals

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin‘s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln will be adapted by Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg.

Pulitzer/Tony-winning writer Tony Kushner will handle the screenplay. According to Deadline, “it is anticipated that the film will focus 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.”

Spielberg has hired two Oscar-winning actors to star in this film. Daniel Day-Lewis will play President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field will play First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln.

Goodwin won the Pulitzer in History for her 1995 title, No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. She published Team of Rivals in 2005. Spielberg just finished shooting two other literary adaptations. Both War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn will be released later this year.

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