Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Has Shortlist As Long As Your Arm
Adrien Brody is the first on the list. He’s had a blend of the serious (The Pianist – for which he won an Oscar) and action adventures (The surprisingly decent Predators). Timothy Olyphant is up next and his is more of a mixed bag – he was outstanding in Deadwood and pretty good in The Crazies last year but there’s still the blight of Hitman on his CV.
Moving on to some lesser known actors. Benjamin Walker might not be a name that immediately springs to mind but he was in Clint Eastwood’s Flags Of Our Fathers and also had a role as a young Liam Neeson in Kinsey.
Oliver Jackson-Cohen was recently in Going The Distance and might be more familiar to small screen viewers as Phillip White in Lark Rise To Candleford. He’s also attracting a bit of attention for the forthcoming The Raven, the fictionalised account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe, so he’s no stranger to historical fantasy. Josh Lucas is a action veteran having been in Hulk, Poseidon and Stealth (none of which made much dent in film critics stony visages). And lastly there’s James D’Arcy who’s had a string of small screen parts including Secret Diary Of A Call Girl but also small roles in Master And Commander and The Exorcist: The Beginning. He’ll next be seen in British prison drama Screwed so he’s possibly a rising star.
No mention of Eric Bana on that list who was linked to the project a few months ago. Where has that cube-headed Aussie got to?
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith and follows in the same mould as Pride And Prejudice With Zombies and adds a fantasy twist on historical events. In this case, it tells the story of how Abe got into the White House after a lifetime of battling the bloodsuckers in order to avenge his mother.
It’s going to be in 3D (sigh) with Timur Bekmambetov behind the camera and he and his old pal Tim Burton producing. It’s down for a December 2012 release so should begin shooting soon. Who’s your money on?