More Casting News for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
It looks as if everyone is trying to get into the Presidential vampire slaying act as more stars are lining up to land a role in the upcoming hopeful franchise starter, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
According to Deadline Anthony Mackie (pictured right, The Hurt Locker) is in talks to star with Benjamin Walker in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for 20th Century Fox. If signed, Mackie will play the role of Will, Lincoln's best friend who gets to be at the center of the vampire slaying.
Also, Fox is negotiating with The Devil's Double star Dominic Cooper to play Abe Lincoln's mentor Henry, the mysterious ageless guy who teaches Abe to kill bloodsuckers. The studio had been in talks with Joaquin Phoenix for that role, but it's going to be Cooper, another up-and-comer, whose dual performance as Uday Hussein and the man forced to be his body double was the talk of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Fox is aiming at a June 22nd, 2012, release for the Tim Burton-produced horror adventure based upon Seth Grahame-Smith's novel of the same name.
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.
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