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Steven Spielberg Holding Back 'Lincoln' Film Until After Election

September 21st, 2011 12:36pm EDT

Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg has decided to halt the release of his upcoming Abraham Lincoln biopic until after the 2012 election, because he doesn't want the movie to be used as "political fodder".

The legendary director has hired Daniel Day-Lewis to play the 16th U.S. president, who was assassinated in 1865, in Lincoln, alongside Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Filming is due to kick off in Virginia this autumn, but Spielberg has now revealed fans won't be able to see the movie until after America goes to the polls for the 2012 presidential election next November .

He tells the Orlando Sentinel, "The movie will be purposely coming out after next year's election. I didn't want it to become political fodder."

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