Fox finds its Abraham Lincoln for ‘Vampire Hunter’

By Sean O’Connell Four score and seven years ago, Fox settled on an actor to play Honest Abe in its big-screen adaptation of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

That would be Benjamin Walker, a Brit thespian whose credits include “The Golden Compass” and Clint Eastwood’s “Flag of Our Fathers.” Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) directs the film, an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s bestselling novel. It follows our nation’s 16th president as he fights the forces of the undead during the Civil War.

The Guardian reports that Fox has yet to cast the crucial role of Henry Sturges, who trains Abe to be a vampire hunter. The article says Bekmambetov and his crew wanted Tom Hardy of “Inception” fame, but the actor followed Christopher Nolan to his third Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

As of now, “Lincoln” will be in theaters on June 22, 2012.

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