Brand-new posters have just been released for two very different literary adaptations due out next year. The first is Timur Bekmambetov‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s alternate-history horror about the sixteenth President of the United States; the other, Gary RossThe Hunger Games, based on the first volume of Suzanne Collins‘ insanely popular dystopian YA series. If you ask me, the posters for the former look more striking, but the story behind the poster for the second is more interesting. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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It’s the ‘supporting actors in big movies’ Casting Bits, with a confirmation of a report that surfaced last week, and two nice additions to big projects at Legendary Pictures. After the break, you’ll find:

  • Jonah Hill is confirmed for the action comedy Neighborhood Watch,
  • Rufus Sewell joins Paradise Lost,
  • and Clifton Collins, Jr. fights monsters in Pacific Rim.

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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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