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Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln will have its world premiere on Nov. 8, a day before the film’s limited opening. The premiere will close the AFI Fest at Hollywood’s Grauman's Chinese Theatre in a gala event.
This is the second year in a row that a new Spielberg film will close the AFI Fest with its world premiere, notes The Hollywood Reporter. Last year, his animated film, The Adventures of Tintin, closed the festival. In 1995, he was presented the AFI Life Achievement Award and both he and producer Kathleen Kennedy are on the AFI’s board of trustees.
Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the president and also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn and John Hawkes. The script was penned by Tony Kushner and is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
“Steven Spielberg epitomizes American filmmaking,” said festival director Jacqueline Lyanga in a statement. “And who better to tell the story of one of the most significant figures in our country’s history. In this important presidential election year, Spielberg’s Lincoln reminds us that the challenges of the past remain as relevant today.”
The AFI Fest is scheduled for Nov. 1-8 in Hollywood.