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Meet your Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

01.28.2011

Despite a number of big name actors like Adrien Brody, Timothy Olyphant and Eric Bana supposedly testing for the lead role in the Timur Bekmambetov flick ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, the role was cast yesterday with a relative unknown: Benjamin Walker. Keen JoBlo.com readers will recognize Walker's name as being originally cast as Beast in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS before a prior engagement forced him to bow out (he was replaced by Nicholas Hoult in the film). That prior engagement was a stint in the off-Broadway musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," so Walker certainly brings with him some presidential experience.

Fox, Bekmambetov and producer Tim Burton cast a wide net for their Abraham Lincoln and just because they didn't pick a "name" actor for the lead role, don't expect that there won't be another star-studded addition to the cast. The studio was chasing Tom Hardy to play Henry Sturges, the man who trains Lincoln in the way of vampire hunting, but Hardy's commitment to THE DARK KNIGHT RISES prohibited his involvement in this film. The creative team is looking to fill that role with a more familiar face than Walker's.

Walker will have to play our former president from the ages of 20 (described as a lanky boy) to mid-50s, when he's an experienced fighter.

While some people might be aware of Walker's close call with X-MEN or his work in "Andrew Jackson," what you might not know is that he's also an established stand-up comic working in NYC. This is a set Walker did a few years back at Caroline's (uploaded to YouTube by the man himself):

Not bad, huh? It's likely that sense of comedic timing, as well as his charming persona that was able to get him the role of our most beloved president. What do you think of the casting (and Walker's comedy chops)?

Source: THR

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2:40PM on 01/29/2011

Zombie Apocalypse vs Vampire Hunters

I think this movie will be decent, let me get that out there first...

Vampires have run their course. True Blood, Twilight, etc. I have been enjoying the Zombie Apocalypse slowly creeping back into the mainstream over these past few years and hope it continues to grow stronger and take over the Vampire Tween infested world.
I think this movie will be decent, let me get that out there first...

Vampires have run their course. True Blood, Twilight, etc. I have been enjoying the Zombie Apocalypse slowly creeping back into the mainstream over these past few years and hope it continues to grow stronger and take over the Vampire Tween infested world.
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12:26PM on 01/29/2011
Not feeling it...But admittedly I have been wrong before. That book is amazing. Let's hope he gets it right for the book's sake (most of the time they don't.)
Not feeling it...But admittedly I have been wrong before. That book is amazing. Let's hope he gets it right for the book's sake (most of the time they don't.)
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4:25PM on 01/28/2011

Hes got that Abe look..

I like that they went with an unknown for Abe. This guy looks the part i must say. Especially if he plays him from his twenties and then fifties. this can work.
I like that they went with an unknown for Abe. This guy looks the part i must say. Especially if he plays him from his twenties and then fifties. this can work.
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11:36AM on 01/28/2011
Was hoping to see Olyphant as Lincoln. Thought of it cracks me up. Anybody read this book? I HEARD it wasn't good enough to back up the cool premise. Pretty lame.
Was hoping to see Olyphant as Lincoln. Thought of it cracks me up. Anybody read this book? I HEARD it wasn't good enough to back up the cool premise. Pretty lame.
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11:57AM on 01/28/2011
I read it; it's fine. You should read it for yourself, and then decide.
I read it; it's fine. You should read it for yourself, and then decide.
2:52PM on 01/28/2011
I think, from all the thumbs downs that everybody thinks I HAVE decided. Only said I HEARD it wasn't that great. And it is on my reading list. Should get to it by 2015 or so . . .
I think, from all the thumbs downs that everybody thinks I HAVE decided. Only said I HEARD it wasn't that great. And it is on my reading list. Should get to it by 2015 or so . . .
11:01AM on 01/28/2011
I had the pleasure of seeing Ben in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson last Spring and he's really a terrific performer. Amazing presence and comedic chops. He'll be great in the role and he's going to be a huge star. He can sing pretty damn well too, not that this role will require it.
I had the pleasure of seeing Ben in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson last Spring and he's really a terrific performer. Amazing presence and comedic chops. He'll be great in the role and he's going to be a huge star. He can sing pretty damn well too, not that this role will require it.
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10:48AM on 01/28/2011
Anybody else see the resemblance with Eric Bana?
Anybody else see the resemblance with Eric Bana?
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2:53PM on 01/28/2011
Yep. And none whatsoever w/ Abe Lincoln. Makeup trailer here he comes . . .
Yep. And none whatsoever w/ Abe Lincoln. Makeup trailer here he comes . . .
10:34AM on 01/28/2011
He's a natural.... very funny.
He's a natural.... very funny.
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9:57AM on 01/28/2011
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9:47AM on 01/28/2011
Everything will fall to the Dark Knight Rises.

AL:VH sounds like it could be fun
Everything will fall to the Dark Knight Rises.

AL:VH sounds like it could be fun
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