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Neeson starts work on Lincoln film

By Maureen Coleman

Work is finally expected to begin on the biopic of Abraham Lincoln starring Liam Neeson.

Post-production of Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn has finished freeing up the award-winning director to spend time on the Lincoln project.

Ballymena man Neeson is set to take on the lead role of the US president in the movie, opposite Sally Field.

To prepare for the role Neeson allegedly read 22 books about Lincoln and travelled to Washington DC to study Lincoln’s personal letters.

At 6ft 4, the lofty actor is the same height as Lincoln and was Spielberg’s first choice to play him in his movie.

Neeson was approached by Spielberg about the role four years ago but it has taken all this time to get the project off the ground due to Spielberg’s other movie commitments and rumours of financial restrictions.

Spielberg had been hoping the movie would be released in 2009 but had to put the movie on hold while filming took place on Tintin.

However, according to Sight and Sound magazine, Tintin has been completed and the Lincoln biopic is about to go into production.

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