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Despite its star-studded cast, Steven Spielberg’s new biopic Lincoln may face heavy box office competition.
Spielberg’s Civil War-era epic will open in select theaters on November 9, the same weekend as Daniel Craig’s newest James Bond flick Skyfall and Keira Knightley’s rendition of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.
Starring Oscar-winner Daniel Day Lewis as the 16th president, Lincoln will arrive in more theaters on November 16, the same day as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is scheduled for release according to Indie Wire.
In effort to avoid political embroilment, Spielberg was originally going to release the film in December well after the general election between Obama and Romney. “I’m not willing to allow the film to be part of the gristmill of the 2012 election cycle,” Spielberg told EW last year. “So I’m going to make the movie, which of course would be ready for release before the election, but it won’t come out until December of ’12.”
Spielberg also said that he “didn’t mind starting a conversation, but a film like Lincoln could be used by both sides, and the only casualty will be the film.”