>Casting call for Abe Lincoln: Vampire Killer

>Four score and seven years ago… or, in recent news, Twentieth Century Fox has commenced casting for the role of Abe Lincoln in their upcoming 3D flick, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Deadline reports.

The following mix of stars will be taking the coveted screen test to play the vigilante version of America’s much loved ex-president; Adrien Brody (who recently appeared in Splice and Predators), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (who will appear in the upcoming release of Faster opposite The Rock) James D’Arcy (Master and Commander), Josh Lucas (American Psycho, Sweet Home Alabama), and Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Fathers).

Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith (who has already written the screenplay), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov and produced by Bekmambetov, Jim Lemley and gothic hero Tim Burton. It seems Burton and Bekmambetov liked the project so much that they used their own money to option the book; their personal ties with Fox a possible contributor to their winning the project after an almighty auction with Paramount, Sony, Universal and Summit.

The 3D rendering of Abe Lincoln’s life sees him as an axe-wielding vampire hunter, following childhood trauma after vampires killed his mother. Hell bent on getting revenge, Abe hopes to kill vampires and take down their slave-owning protectors.

Apparently Fox were themselves so hell bent on getting the rights that when the filmmakers arrived they arranged bloody footprints and axes as well as a bugle player in a Confederate uniform playing “Taps” to lead them to the meeting with studio execs.

The project will cost $69 million USD and is set for US release on June 22, 2012.

Discuss: Who would you like to see in the leading role?

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