According to Deadline Joaquin Phoenix, who was last seen in Casey Affleck’s mockumentary I’m Still Here acting crazy with excessive amounts of facial hair, is getting his acting career back on track and has been offered a role in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. His role will apparently involve teaching Abe Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) how to kill vampires.
Phoenix received Oscar nominations for his roles in Gladiator and Walk the Line, but decided to ‘retire’ in 2008 to purse a career as a rapper. It was later revealed he was working on a fake documentary with Casey Affleck, which turned out to be a waste of time as it only made $553,130 and had no impact whatsoever (it was supposed to explore the relationship between celebrity the media, or something).
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will be Joaquin’s first big commerical movie in years and is set to be directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted). The movie 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.
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.