Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and filmmaker Steven Spielberg meet in 2011 to mark the start of filming of "Lincoln." ( Michaele White/Governor’s Office)

The movie will open at a limited number of theaters but will be more widely available beginning Nov. 16, according to news reports.

The DreamWorks Pictures production is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” and stars Daniel Day-Lewis in the role of Lincoln and Sally Field as his wife, Mary. In interviews this year, Spielberg said “Lincoln” is not a battlefield movie, although there will be battle scenes in it. It is instead tightly focused on the last four months of Lincoln’s life and the political achievements of that period, he said.