First Look: Daniel Day-Lewis Transforms Into 'Lincoln'

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Ever since the premiere of 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' we've been in desperate need of a film that could do our 16th US president justice. That's when Steven Spielberg stepped in to work on the historical drama 'Lincoln,' out November 9 and starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

According to Spielberg, the Oscar winner was a perfect choice to portray Honest Abe and once you see the actor in full costume, you'll understand why.

Though some paparazzi snagged a couple of impromptu snapshots, you'll get a better look at Day-Lewis through official photo DreamWorks released to EW.

But, of course, the fact that these two could be dead ringers wasn't the only factor for Spielberg, who revealed to EW that it was the actor's ability to channel the former president's "intangible, pensive quality" that made his performance believable.

'Lincoln' is set towards the end of the Civil War when Lincoln is taking to action to abolish slavery forever. "Our movie is really about a working leader who must make tough decisions and get things done in the face of overwhelming opposition," said Spielberg. "He thought things out. He talked things out. He argued both sides of every issue. And he was very careful in making any decision. As a matter of fact, his opponents and his enemies criticized him often for being impossibly slow to a decision."

Get a sneak peek at what Daniel Day-Lewis will look like in the film, out this November.

Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln

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