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Spielberg to film Lincoln movie in Virginia

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BIG news!

If the book is half as good as the book, it’ll be a humdinger …

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BY STEVE SZKOTAK

Associated Press

RICHMOND–Steven Spielberg has selected Virginia to film a biography of Abraham Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis, elated state and local officials announced Wednesday.

Principal filming is scheduled to begin this fall at various historical locations in Petersburg and Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy. The film is scheduled for release in 2012. Sally Field will play Mary Todd Lincoln.

The Virginia Film Office said Spielberg, who has filmed twice before in Virginia, selected those two cities because of the abundance of historic properties that date to the period. The state also offered financial incentives totaling nearly $5 million.

… The film is based on the Doris Kearns Goodwin book “Team of Rivals,” a 2005 best-seller that examines Lincoln’s presidency and the Civil War. Tony Kushner will write the screenplay.

“Virginia’s rich historic legacy, coupled with the remarkable period architecture found in Richmond and Petersburg, make central Virginia the ideal location for this production,” Spielberg said in a statement released through the governor’s office.

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Sally Field

State incentives

McDonnell’s negotiations

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