While he’s yet to sign the dotted line, Joaquin Phoenix (Signs, The Village) is the front-runner to play the mentor who teaches the 16th President how to kill bloodsuckers in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for 20th Century Fox. Deadline is told that it’s his if he wants it, so we’re basically waiting for Phoenix to make a decision.
He would join Benjamin Walker, who last Thursday was set to play the title character in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel.
The story revolves around the president’s quest to rid the world of vampires, presented as part of the conflict behind the Civil War. It’s slated for release on June 22, 2012.
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