Day-Lewis prepares for Lincoln role

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Daniel Day-Lewis is to star in the forthcoming Steven Spielberg-directed film Lincoln

Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis is preparing for his role as Abraham Lincoln by visiting the state where the former president began his political career.

DreamsWorks Studios said Day-Lewis will star in the Steven Spielberg-directed film Lincoln.

The film is based on the book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, who joined Day-Lewis on his tour in Illinois.

The State Journal-Register reported the actor toured several historic sites on Friday in Springfield, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, the Lincoln Home and the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln served as a legislator.

Filming is expected to begin next autumn, and the movie is to be released in late 2012.

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