According to Deadline Adrien Brody, Timothy Olyphant, Josh Lucas, James D’Arcy, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Benjamin Walker are all screentesting for the role of a young Abraham Lincoln in 20th Century Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter .
Brody was last seen in Predators, and Hitman actor Timothy Olyphant will appear in I Am Number Four next month. Josh Lucas is best known for Poseidon and Stealth, while James D’Arcy had roles in Master and Commander and An American Haunting. Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Benjamin Walker are probably the least familiar to many. Cohen was last seen as the “Killer” in Faster and Walker narrowly missed out on playing Beast in X-Men: First Class.
The movie will be directed by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov and is a 3D re-imagining of Lincoln’s life that depicts the 16th president as an axe-throwing, highly accomplished killer of vampires, an obsession of his since those bloodsuckers supposedly took the life of his mother. Taking revenge, Lincoln wreaks havoc on the vampires and their slave-owning protectors.
The project was hot property earlier this year when Bekmambetov and producer Tim Burton were shopping it to studios, but Fox wanted in on the vampire action so badly that when the filmmakers arrived to pitch it the studio had bloody axes and footprints all over the place. It worked.
Apparently the budget stands at $69 million and a release date of June 22nd 2012 has been set, so filming will begin later this year. Which actor do you want slashing up vampires as Abe Lincoln?