Fox has found its Honest Abe: Benjamin Walker has signed on to take the lead in 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' a horror-thriller about the 16th president and his quest to rid the world of vampires.According to Variety, five actors had been in contention for the role, with Adrien Brody, Josh Lucas, James D'Arcy and Oliver Jackson-Cohen screentesting for the role; Walker ended up as the front-runner.
The film, which will begin shooting in 3D in March, will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov ('Night Watch'), who will also produce with Tim Burton and Jim Lemley. Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote the novel, will handle screenwriting duties. Fox is hoping for a June 22, 2012 release.
Walker ('Flags of Our Fathers') recently starred in the Broadway production of 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,' an irreverent rock musical that casts President Andrew Jackson, America's seventh President, as an Emo rock star. The segue to Lincoln shouldn't be a stretch for Walker.
In Grahame-Smith's novel, President Lincoln's mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers ... a cause that becomes a hidden motivation for the Civil War.
Now we know why Abe was splitting all those rails.