Benjamin Walker Scores Role as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
The on-going, sometimes halting, production of the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter', has scored yet another victory by landing Benjamin Walker as its star, the vampire-slaying Abraham Lincoln. If the name doesn't sound familiar, it's because that, despite winning out over names like 'Adrien Brody' in the auditions, Walker hasn't appeared in too many films. But, what he did appear in was... fairly bizarre, and remarkably similar to this project: A musical stage production called "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson". It wasn't actually about vampires, --that I know of, --actually, it was about President Andrew Jackson, portrayed as an emo-rocker.
Weird? A bit, but he starred in the musical, so I'm sure he's got mad skills. Digital Spy has the scoop:
"Benjamin Walker will play the vampire-slaying US President in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, says Variety.
The British actor screen-tested for the part earlier this month against Adrien Brody, Josh Lucas, James D'Arcy and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and will now take on the eponymous role in Timur Bekmambetov and Tim Burton's 3D blockbuster.
The film is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, which re-imagines the 16th President as a man on a quest to destroy all vampires during the Civil War.
Walker has appeared on screen in Kinsey and Flags Of Our Fathers. More recently he starred in the rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson."
Well, honestly, I would rather have seen Adrien Brody do it, there's something weird and sexy about him. Dunno specifically, maybe it's the weird gangling look. Oh well, I'm sure Walker will do the role marvelously. Abraham Lincoln was never exactly 'sexy' by any means, so it's really not the kind of a movie with a hot protagonist. Still... it doesn't hurt to be able to watch someone hawt kill vampires, like in a few popular vampire movies (Buffy, Blade, Van Helsing, Bram Stoker's Dracula). That's okay though, with Tim Burton behind this film project, it'll still be awesome... it has to be, it won't premier until the summer of 2012.