Adrien Brody, Timothy Olyphant, Josh Lucas, James D’Arcy (Into the Storm), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster), and Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Fathers). That’s a lot of names, I know. But those are all the individuals who are currently screen testing for the upcoming film, Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter. Timur Bekmambetov is set to direct the 3D adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel of the same name. Slated for a June 22, 2012 release, the project actually looks quite interesting. You can check out the plot summary further down.
Of all the individuals screen testing, I think I’d have to go with Timothy Olyphant. He’s a great actor who doesn’t get enough credit. I’d love to see him in the role. If you’ve seen his show Justified, you’ll know what he is capable of. He was also pretty good in Live Free or Die Hard.
Check out the plot summary below:
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..