Benjamin Walker Finally Cast as 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new actor, conceived by Mrs. Walker…" Deadline reports that up-and-coming 28 year old actor Benjamin Walker has landed the lead role in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, that awesome new adaptation of Seth Graham-Smith's novel that's being directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted). Walker appeared in Flags of Our Fathers, All Saints Day and Coach, and was in the running for Hank McCoy in X-Men: First Class, but it looks like this will be his breakout role. He beat others like Eric Bana, Adrien Brody, Oliver Jackson-Cohen & Josh Lucas.
The Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter story kicks off with the revelation that Lincoln's mother was killed by a supernatural creature, which fueled his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers. The book depicts the 16th US president as an axe-throwing highly trained vampire killer. With shooting already set to start later this year and a June 22nd, 2012 release date from 20th Century Fox we should expect to hear more about this adaptation and more casting as Bekmambetov continues work in pre-production. I'm not that familiar with Walker, but I'm sure he's a good fit for this, so bring it on. Can't wait! Still excited?
Reader Feedback - 9 Comments
i almost died reading this headline, thinking of DDL and SS's biopic. almost thought DDL dropped.
Crumb on Jan 28, 2011
sweet, he'll be great!
Anonymous on Jan 28, 2011
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer ... Uh, huh. And if that's a success, they'll no doubt follow up with 'Sarah Palin: Brain Cell Killer'
Sanka on Jan 28, 2011
I'd watch that.
Anonymous on Jan 29, 2011
Wait he's actually playing Lincoln? Really?
Ziggy on Jan 28, 2011
Cant say Im that confident with Bekmambetovs name attached to it.
Cody W. on Jan 29, 2011
It's kind of a weird movie, but I'll see it. It seems interesting.
Alegra on Jan 30, 2011
Just left New Orleans and thought they were joking when Dauphine St. was blocked off for three nights for filming of this movie, but apparently it is for real so only time will tell//
Ran on Mar 27, 2011
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