Daniel Day-Lewis transforms into Abe Lincoln

Dec. 1, 2011 at 10:10 AM ET

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Dinner for two? Actor Daniel Day Lewis, left, in Richmond, Va., this week, and President Lincoln in 1863.

When Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis signed on to play Abraham Lincoln in a biopic directed by Steven Spielberg, I thought ... well, I didn't think much of it. But, people, check out the photo on the left.

Richmond, Va., native Michael Phillips snapped and tweeted the photo from a local restaurant ("Lincoln" is shooting in the area.) You'd swear Honest Abe himself had just strolled in and ordered a salad, even though the actor wasn't even in costume.

Other notables in the cast: Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln.

The planned release date for the film is four score and seven years from now. Kidding. It's due out sometime after the 2012 presidential election.

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