Though Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic had been delayed for the past couple of years, with Liam Neeson originally slated to play the 16th President of the United States before eventually dropping out because, as he suggested, "I'm past my sell-by date," it looks like things have finally turned around with today's announcement that Daniel Day-Lewis has signed on to play Lincoln in a film that will "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."

We don't think there's anyone better suited to play Lincoln than Day-Lewis, one of only a handful of top-notch actors who has a way of losing himself in a role that goes well beyond expectations. The man is absolutely fascinating to watch, and especially so in period films (see 'Gangs of New York' and 'There Will Be Blood'). The plan right now is to begin filming late next year for a release during awards season in 2012, and it's not jumping the gun to predict that 'Lincoln' is already the top contender for Best Picture that year, even though we're months away from production. Just the thought of the world's most famous director teaming up with arguably the world's finest actor should send goosebumps down the spine of every film fan reading this right now. Count our opening day tickets already sold.

[via Deadline]