Lincoln (film) In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, President Abraham Lincoln in his tumultuous final months in office pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country, and abolish slavery. A DreamWorks/Twentieth Century Fox/Reliance Entertainment film, distributed by Touchstone in the U.S. Limited release on November 9, expanded on November 16, 2012. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Stars Daniel Day-Lewis (Abraham Lincoln), Sally Field (Mary Todd Lincoln), David Strathairn (William Seward), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Robert Todd Lincoln), James Spader (W. N. Bilbo), Hal Holbrook (Francis Preston Blair), Tommy Lee Jones (Thaddeus Stevens), John Hawkes (Robert Latham), Jackie Earle Haley (Alexander Stephens), Bruce McGill (Edwin Stanton), Tim Blake Nelson (Richard Schell), Joseph Cross (John Hay), Jared Harris (Ulysses S. Grant), Lee Pace (Fernando Wood). Filmed in CinemaScope.