‘Lincoln’ Trailer: David Oyelowo, Gloria Reuben, and other black people appear for a split-second

Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Movie PosteerThe first trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln spends a lot of time on the white characters and very small amount of time on any blacks. We had to literally slow the trailer down to see the black actors. Among those captured are David Oyelowo as union cavalryman Ira Clark, Gloria Ruben as Elizabeth Keckley, and others in various obscure roles.

The film focuses on 16th president Abraham Lincoln as he is faced with two historic decisions: ending the Civil war and abolishing slavery. Dreamworks writes:

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Lincoln opens in theaters on Nov. 16.

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In this scene, Oyelowo recites part of the Gettysburg Address to the president.
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Lincoln visits the black soldiers for the first time.
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Gloria Reuben as Elizabeth Keckley alongside Sally Fields, who plays Mary Todd Lincoln.
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Classic Washington assembly scene.
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Reuben cries as Lincoln abolishes slavery.