Twentieth Century Fox is working like lightning in casting Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D. Benjamin Walker landed the lead, assuming the role of the 16th President who hunts vampires, while Anthony Mackie and Dominic Cooper were also cast.
Our friends over at Latino Review have one more for the period piece: Robin McLeavy (the psycho-chick in the Aussie horror The Loved Ones) will star as Mary Todd, Abe Lincoln’s love interest and eventual wife!
Penned by Seth Grahame-Smith, the story revolves around the President’s quest to rid the world of vampires, presented as part of the conflict behind the Civil War. History will be rewritten on June 22, 2012.
Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Million Dollar Baby) is in talks to star with Benjamin Walker in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for 20th Century Fox, reports Deadline. Mackie will play the role of Will, Lincoln’s best friend. The site claims the role is a good one as he gets to be in the center of the vampire slaying. Variety adds that Dominic Cooper (Hello Darkness) is in final negotiations to play “Henry”. Director Timur Bekmambetov is putting together a group of up and comers to headline the movie that arrives in theaters June 22, 2012.
“Seth Grahame-Smith’s revision of a Jane Austen classic blew readers’ minds and became an instant national bestseller. Now, he tackles our greatest president… When Abraham Lincoln was nine years old, his mother died from an ailment called the “milk sickness.” Only later did he learn that his mother’s deadly affliction was actually the work of a local vampire, seeking to collect a debt owed by Lincoln’s father. When Abe learned the truth, he vowed revenge and kept one passion hidden throughout his life: the brutal elimination of all vampires. His valiant, bloody fight against the undead was all but lost to history, until Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln. Using the journal as his guide, Seth reconstructs Lincoln’s life story and uncovers the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation. You don’t know Abe. Honest.”
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.
Update: Variety confirmed that Benjamin Walker (pictured) has SIGNED ON to star as Abraham Lincoln.
With every website fighting to break exclusives, it has come down to reporting on “front-runners” – you know, people that are supposedly in the lead to win the titular role of a film. Even worse, some sites are now reporting an actor or actresses desire to play a certain role.
Variety is reporting that Benjamin Walker has
emerged as the front-runner signed on to play the 16th president in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D for 20th Century Fox. Seth Grahame-Smith, who penned the tome which inspired the film, will also write the script. Timur Bekmambetov will direct and co-produce with Tim Burton and Jim Lemley.
In theaters June 22,2012, the story revolves around the president’s quest to rid the world of vampires, presented as part of the conflict behind the Civil War.
In more laughable news (that I’d still enjoy were it to become a reality), Let Me In and Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz tells the LA Times that she’d love to topline Lionsgate’s Battle Royale-esque The Hunger Games. “Yeah, I read all of the books…I’d die to play Katniss. It’s such a cool role.” Good luck with that.
Hunger Games, in theaters March 23, 2012, is a screen adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novels about a grim future where teenagers are forced to fight to the death in a televised contest.
Screentesting is about to get underway for Twentieth Century Fox’s macabre 3D Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter based on the Seth Grahame-Smith novel (he also wrote the script) that will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov and produced by Timur, Tim Burton, and Jim Lemley. The studio has set a June 22, 2012 release for the film and has been focused on casting since November. Deadline has list of actors who’ll be screentesting for the role of young Abe Lincoln this week and next…. wait for it, and GO: Benjamin Walker (basically an unknown), James D’Arcy (Exorcist: The Beginning, An American Haunting, Rise), Adrien Brody (Giallo, Predators, King Kong), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Raven), Josh Lucas (American Psycho, Tell-Tale), and Timothy Olyphant (The Crazies, Perfect Getaway). If these were your only options, who would you cast?
The news breaks earlier and earlier these days, which is why the following should be taken with a thick grain of salt: TheWrap is reporting that Australian actor Eric Bana is circling the title role in 20th Century Fox’s big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. While Bana hasn’t landed the coveted role yet, he’s scheduled to meet with director Timur Bekmambetov soon. The epistolary-style book is written as a biography of Lincoln based on “secret diaries” he kept that were given to the author by a vampire named Henry Sturges, who saved Lincoln’s life when he battled a vampire as a teenager. The two develop a friendship and Sturges teaches Lincoln how to hunt and kill vampires. Tim Burton is producing Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which is scheduled for release on June 22, 2012. What do you guys think of this potential casting?
Bloody Disgusting learned today that Tom Hardy has been offered the role of “Henry Sturgess” in Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Hardy recently starred in Christopher Nolan’s Inception and also captured the vicious role of Nicolas Winding Refn’s remarkable Bronson. He was one of Variety’s Top Ten Actors to watch in 2009. In Seth Grahame-Smith’s historical horror spin, when Abraham Lincoln was nine years old, his mother died from an ailment called the “milk sickness.” Only later did he learn that his mother’s deadly affliction was actually the work of a local vampire, seeking to collect a debt owed by Lincoln’s father. When Abe learned the truth, he vowed revenge and kept one passion hidden throughout his life: the brutal elimination of all vampires. Twentieth Century Fox is aiming at a June 22, 2012 release for the Tim Burton produced horror adventure.
Back in January we featured a preview of Seth-Grahame Smith’s upcoming follow up to his wildly popular New York Times bestseller, “PRIDE PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, titled “ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER” that looks to be yet another hit for the historical horror scribe. Well in anticipation of the books upcoming release tomorrow we have a look at the trailer for the story that pits Honest Abe against an army of bloodthirsty vamps. Read on to see the trailer and then give us your thoughts on the book before it drops tomorrow! “When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.