Steven Spielberg is finally set to begin production on, Lincoln, his biopic of America’s 16th President. According to a report from The Associated Press, the director aims to mount the production in Virginia beginning in the fall.
In addition to tax incentives, shooting in the Old Dominion state will allow the production to make use of true historical locations.
“Virginia’s rich historic legacy, Spielberg explains in a press statement, “coupled with the remarkable period architecture found in Richmond and Petersburg, make central Virginia the ideal location for this production.”
Based on the best-selling book, “Team of Rivals,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin (who also adapted the script with Tony Kushner), the story focuses on the life of the former President, focusing on the man’s rise to politics and his role in the Civil War.
Daniel Day-Lewis is slated to take on the role of Lincoln with Sally Field playing his wife, Mary Todd. A release is tentatively scheduled for sometime in late 2012.