Benjamin Walker is ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER; Joaquin Phoenix as Henry?
Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Fathers, Kinsey) has been cast in the title role of ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. He apparently beat out Oscar winner Adrien Brody, Josh Lucas, Timothy Olyphant, James D’Arcy, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen for the part.
Adapted from the popular Seth Graham-Smith mash-up novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is set in an alternate timeline where a young Lincoln learns that vampires are real. After almost being killed by one himself, Lincoln is trained by “good” vampire mentor Henry Sturges to become a hunter of “evil” vampires. The film also ties vampires into the slave trade and the Civil War and Walker will be playing Lincoln from age 20-55.
Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) will direct from Grahame-Smith’s own adaptation of his novel. Bekmambetov will co-produce with Tim Burton and Jim Lemley.
There’s also activity around the showy role of vampire mentor Henry Sturges. Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line) has met on the film and while he has not yet signed on for the role of Henry, “It’s his if he wants it.” This would be quite the comeback role for Phoenix, who left his burgeoning career to make the mockumentary I’m Still Here with Casey Affleck.
This will be Walker’s second time playing a re-imagined United States president. He also starred in both off-Broadway and Broadway productions of ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,’ portraying the seventh president as an Emo rocker. It will be his first big budget leading role.
For Phoenix, this would be his first film (excluding I’m Still Here) since 2008’s Two Lovers.
What do you think of this casting?