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Spielberg’s Movie About Abraham Lincoln Pumped $64M Into Va. Economy

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — The Virginia Film Office says the makers of Steven Spielberg’s movie about Abraham Lincoln spent more than $32 million in the state.

Officials say that when the ripple effect of that spending is factored in, the economic impact for the Richmond and Petersburg area doubles to $64 million.

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that more than 400 Virginia crew members and staff worked on the film, not including about 1,200 actors and extras from the state.

In hopes of luring the production to the state, Virginia offered nearly $5 million in donations, tax credits and other incentives to the film’s producers, per The Washington Post.

The movie, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field, is slated for a 2013 release and was based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Lincoln, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

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