I can't wait to see Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter brought to life on the big screen! I loved the hell out of the book, and there's no way it won't make for an entertainingly awesome film. The big question is who will play Lincoln? Daniel Day Lewis is already set to play the President in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln project, so who does that leave us?
Deadline reports that James D'Arcy (Master and Commander), Benjamin Walker (Flags of our Fathers), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster), Josh Lucas (Session 9), Timothy Olyphant (The Crazies), and Adrien Brody (Splice) are all auditioning for the part of the young Abe over the next couple of weeks.
Personally, I'd like to see it go to either Lucas or Olyphant. They both have a fun little cool factor that they could bring to the character. Who would you like to see play Lincoln?
20th Century Fox will release the film on June 22, 2012. The movie will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), and will produce it with Tim Burton and Jim Lemley.
Here's the description of the story:
Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."
"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.
Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.
When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.
Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.