Sally Field to Play Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'
by Ethan Anderton
April 13, 2011
Last November not only did we learn that the long-gestating Lincoln biopic would be Steven Spielberg's next project this fall, but it was also revealed that Daniel Day-Lewis would play the iconic 16th President of the United States of America. As we inch closer toward the fall, the project seems to be gaining steam as a press release just sent our way from DreamWorks reveals Sally Field (Forrest Gump, "Brothers and Sisters") will play Mary Todd Lincoln, the president's wife. This is shaping up to be quite a year for Field as the actress also has another high profile role by playing Aunt May in The Amazing Spider-Man as well.
Spielberg says, "I'm excited to be working with Sally for the first time. I've admired her films and she has always been my first choice to portray all the fragility and complexity that was Mary Todd Lincoln." Meanwhile Field is just as thrilled about the collaboration saying, "To have the opportunity to work with Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis and to play one of the most complicated and colorful women in American history is simply as good as it gets."
Based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's best-selling book Team of Rivals, the film is said to 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. Maybe we should just give this the Best Picture Oscar already? Sound good?