Acclaimed movie director Steven Spielberg will shoot his feature film on Abraham Lincoln in Richmond and Petersburg, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday.
“Virginia’s rich historic legacy, coupled with the remarkable period architecture found in Richmond and Petersburg, make Central Virginia the ideal location for this production,” Spielberg said in a statement.
Spielberg’s film, “Lincoln,” based on the book “Team of Rivals,” will begin shooting in the fall and is scheduled for released in 2012. Daniel Day-Lewis has been cast as Lincoln and Sally Field will play his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.
“We are honored that Steven Spielberg, an award winning and visionary film maker, has chosen the commonwealth for this important film,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. “It is especially notable coming during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and emancipation.”
The Virginia Film Office worked with Richmond and Petersburg to land the project and to put together an incentive package that includes $1 million from the Governor’s Motion Picture Opportunity Fund, $2.5 million from the Virginia Motion Picture Tax Credit program and $1.1 million in in-kind contributions. The amount of funding Virginia awards is based on Virginia workers hired and the purchase of Virginia-based goods and services. According to state figures, the direct and indirect impact of Virginia’s motion picture and video production industry in 2009 was $346 million, representing 2,700 jobs.
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