HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA- Multi-talented super-actor Daniel Day-Lewis brought the grandeur of Abraham Lincoln to millions of movie screens this past weekend and put himself ahead of the pack for Oscar contention. Now comes news that he has signed on to play President Obama in an upcoming biopic helmed by Steven Spielberg. The title of the project will be Obama.
“I think with the commercial and critical success of Lincoln this weekend it was a no-brainer to choose Daniel to play President Obama,” said Spielberg, during a press event promoting Lincoln in Hollywood. “Production starts in March, right after the Academy Awards and I’m looking forward to working with Daniel again.”
Day-Lewis also spoke out about his new upcoming role with tremendous enthusiasm.
“I’ve been pegged as the greatest actor of my generation and I think that assessment of my talents is dead-on,” said the modest actor. “I don’t believe I’ll have any trouble playing Obama on the big screen. I’ll have to do a ton of research but that’s what I do best.”
The 55 year-old English icon said he planned to undergo a risky skin procedure to become a black man, bone up on his basketball skills, stretch out the word “and” during speeches and grow out his ears in order to properly portray President Obama.
“I’ve already been in contact with a few doctors who are capable of transforming me into a black man,” said Day-Lewis. “I’m not worried about that as much as I am about my basketball skills. I’m a white man from northern Europe. As you can imagine, my talents on the court are not that impressive.”
Spielberg said he planned to hire a renowned basketball coach to help his star actor cope with his on-court ineptitude. The world renowned director wouldn’t say who he was planning to bring in but Hollywood insiders have heard the name Charles Barkley being kicked around.
No word yet on who would play the First Lady Michelle Obama. Several of Hollywood’s elite female actresses are being considered for the role, according to sources. Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Angelina Jolie and Jessica Biel are all on the list only if they agree to undergo a similar skin procedure that would render them African American.
Daniel Day-Lewis said he would hire bodyguards donning Secret Service suits and weapons within the next few weeks in order to get into full character. A bomb-proof limo would also have to be purchased to chauffeur the star around town.
“I’m thinking about tearing my home down and constructing a residence that resembles the White House,” he told reporters. “I need to feel presidential if I’m going to portray the leader of the free world, don’t you think?”
This is your world Daniel. We just live in it.