This whole Lincoln thing just got serious! After being in the works, postponed, back in business and then delayed again… Steven Spielberg‘s long over-due cinematic portrayal of Abraham Lincoln has just scored itself an actor that should most likely get things finally moving! DreamWorks has just announced that Daniel Day-Lewis has officially signed on to star as Abraham Lincoln in Spielberg‘s Lincoln. of course, Spielberg couldn’t be more excited…

“Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film or even some time in cinema’s distant future. I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with Lincoln,” said Steven Spielberg. “Throughout his career, he has been exceptionally selective in his choice of material,” added Stacey Snider, “which makes us feel even more fortunate that he has chosen to join with us for Lincoln.”

Though Robert Redford has about a years head start on his Lincoln film, The Conspirator with James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn, there’s apparently plenty of room for two Lincoln films… hey it work for Capote, right? Oh wait, no it didn’t! Well, maybe it will this time!

Spielberg’s film will be based on the best-selling book, “Team of Rivals,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the screenplay has been written by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Award winner, and Academy Award nominated writer Tony Kushner.

The film is expect to “focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.”

The is expected to begin shooting in the fall of 2011 for release in the fourth quarter of 2012 through Disney’s Touchstone distribution label. Seems like they’re still moving somewhat slowly, but at least there’s some movement!

Who is excited for the film?