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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ Gets a Release Date

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Steven Spielberg‘s highly-anticipated Abraham Lincoln biopic, ‘Lincoln,’ finally has a release date… four score and seven years from now.

And by that we mean this November. Sorry, we’re really terrible at math.

According to Deadline, Disney has set an “exclusive release” date of November 9, 2012. The film will go wide one week later, on November 16. We assume this “exclusive” date is Disney’s fancy term for limited release, meaning ‘Lincoln’ will probably open in select markets before going wide.

Produced by DreamWorks and directed by the revered Steven Spielberg, ‘Lincoln’ stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the nation’s 16th president — the man responsible for helping to put an end to slavery and inspiring tolerance and acceptance across the nation. ‘Lincoln’ co-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, and James Spader. We assume Spader has weird sex with someone or something during the film — seriously, it’ll inevitably have a two-hours-plus runtime, and that’s plenty of time for Spader to find something to bone.

The film is scripted by Tony Kushner (‘Munich’) and based on the novel ‘Team of Rivals’ by Doris Kerns Goodwin. It’ll hit theaters smack dab in the middle of Oscar season, making it a very likely contender. Oscar checklist: Spielberg. Biopic. Slavery (those old Oscar dudes love their white guilt). Daniel Day-Lewis. Period drama. Yes, this is the correct recipe for golden statues.

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