You don’t have to wait until next summer to see what Benjamin Walker is going to look like as the ax-wielding, vampire killing 16th President of the United States. While most major films wait until after shooting is done to begin building hype, The New York Times has published a feature article on Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter that includes our first look at the film while it’s still in production in Louisiana. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, produced by Tim Burton and based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, reimagines Lincoln’s history. It surmises that Lincoln’s parents were killed by vampires and that he dedicated the rest of his life to destroying all blood-suckers. It stars Walker as Lincoln, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as his wife, Mary Todd and actors like Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper and Anthony Mackie.

And though the idea is totally out there, Grahame-Smith thinks it’s now more appropriate than ever, especially with the national reaction to the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

There’s something in the American psyche, we want our presidents to be warriors. We’re giving that to Abraham Lincoln, sort of posthumously in this case.

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The cast for Timur Bekmambetov‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter continues to fill out nicely with the addition of British film, television and stage actor Rufus Sewell. Sewell is joining a cast that already includes Benjamin Walker (Kinsey, Flags of Our Fathers) in the title role, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) as Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd, Anthony Mackie as Secretary of State William Seward, Dominic Cooper as Lincoln’s mentor Henry Sturges, and Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as real-life politician/fictional vampire ally Stephen A. Douglas, among others. The story is being adapted for the screen by Seth Grahame-Smith from his own bestselling novel. Read more after the jump.

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TImur Bekmambetov is lining up quite the varied cast for his adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He’s got Benjamin Walker in the lead, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd, Anthony Mackie and Dominic Cooper in key supporting roles, and more.

Now Alan Tudyk, an actor with a dedicated fan following thanks to his role on Firefly, has joined the cast. He’ll play Stephen A. Douglas. Read More »

Mark Wahlberg is starring in Contraband right now — the film is a remake of the well-regarded thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam, with Baltasar Kormakur, an actor in the original, directing the new version. The film follows a one-time smuggler (Wahlberg) who has taken a straight job as a security guard, but gets pulled back into illegal activity.

Now the ever-reliable J.K. Simmons is on board as a captain. The also-reliable Ben Foster is the brother-in-law of the main character and the guy that pulls him back into the Life; Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, Diego Luna and Lukas Haas are also on board. [AV Club — this interview is wonderful and a must-read for fans of the actor.]

After the break, Michelle Rodriguez goes to The Home and Robin McLeavy joins Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter after all. Read More »

Earlier this month it was reported that Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor (the Academy Award-winning composer of The Social Network) would be composing the score for Timur Bekmambetov‘s adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and would also appear on screen in the movie as the vampire who kills Lincoln’s mother. A couple days later, Reznor responded to the rumors and confirmed that he was in fact in talks to score the film, but his role in the movie was not much more than a surprise cameo (ruined by the internet). Well it looks like that won’t even be happening anymore.

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Last week it was rumored that Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor (the Academy Award-winning composer of The Social Network) was in talks to not only score Timur Bekmambetov‘s adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but also appear on screen. Today Reznor has responded to the reports on the NIN Forums. He also talks about his upcoming score for David Fincher‘s The Girl WIth the Dragon Tattoo and the new How To Destroy Angels record. Read what he has to say after the jump.

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When it was announced that Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor would be scoring David Fincher’s The Social Network, it was considered a highly unlikely choice. Over a year later, Oscar in hand, Reznor’s next film seems like a much more logical fit. While he and partner Atticus Ross are currently scoring Fincher’s follow-up, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Badass Digest reports that Reznor will follow that up by not only scoring, but acting in, Timur Bekmambetov‘s adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Read who he’ll be playing and more after the jump. Read More »

Seems like Timur Bekmambetov has just about filled all of his leads for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The 3D adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel featuring the 16th President as a deadly vampire killer stars Benjamin Walker as Honest Abe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as his wife Mary Todd, Anthony Mackie as Secretary of State William Seward, Dominic Cooper as vampire-killing mentor Henry Sturges and now he’s cast Jimmi Simpson as Josh Speed, Lincoln’s friend and personal assistant. Simpson is most recognizable for small but pivotal roles in Zodiac, Date Night, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and for his starring role on the new show Breakout Kings. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Earlier this week, just a short time after hearing that Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Robin McLeavy were the frontrunners for the role of Mary Todd in Timur Bekmambetov‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, we reported that Ms. McLeavy had been given the role. Turns out that was wrong.

In fact, Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been given the role, so she’ll stand tall next to Benjamin Walker against the hordes of the undead in early America. Read More »