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 »

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The next two actors has been added to one of our most anticipated movies currently in pre-production that’s not based on a comic book character. Anthony Mackie, star of The Hurt Locker, 8 Mile and the upcoming The Adjustment Bureau, and Dominic Cooper, star of Captain America: The First Avenger, An Education and Mamma Mia have signed on to co-star in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, directed by Timur Bekmambetov, produced by Tim Burton and starting Benjamin Walker as Lincoln. Mackie will play a character named Will, who is most likely William Seward, Lincoln’s best friend in the book and a fellow vampire hunter. In real life, Seward was Lincoln’s Secretary of State and white but Mackie will surely be a bit more of a bad ass. Cooper is playing Henry Sturges, a fictional character who serves as Lincoln’s vampire-killing mentor. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Fox is moving full steam ahead on the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The author scripted, and Timur Bekmambetov will direct and produce, with Tim Burton also producing. Last week Benjamin Walker, once tapped to play Beast in X-Men: First Class before electing to do Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway, was hired to be Abraham Lincoln.

That leaves a couple of big roles, notably the fictional Henry Sturges, a vampire who saves Lincoln at 16 (John Ford wouldn’t recognize this Young Mr. Lincoln) and then becomes the future president’s vampire-killing mentor. A non-vampiric Whistler, if you will. But since Kris Kristofferson is probably not interested and/or too old, the role is reportedly open to Joaquin Phoenix, if he wants it. Read More »

Guess there are no hard feelings between Fox and Benjamin Walker, who last year walked away from the role of Beast in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. The studio has just signed the actor to be Abraham Lincoln in Timur Bekmambetov‘s upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Read More »

Before Daniel Day-Lewis gets his chance to don the beard and top hat, 20th Century Fox will have Honest Abe wielding axes and decapitating vampires. In October, the studio bought the rights to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with a script by Seth Grahame-Smith, based on his novel, to be directed in 3D by Timur Bekmambetov and produced by Tim Burton. A release date of June 22, 2012 has already been set, so the focus of the filmmakers has recently on casting their lead.

Deadline is now reporting that an eclectic mix of actors will soon test for the role. They are Benjamin Walker, James D’Arcy, Adrien Brody, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Josh Lucas, and Timothy Olyphant. We break them down, as well as the project, after the jump. Read More »

Nicholas Hoult Cast as Beast in X-Men: First Class

Nicholas Hoult has been cast as Dr. Henry Philip “Hank” McCoy (aka Beast) in Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class.

It had been previously reported that Benjamin Walker (star of the Public Theater’s “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”) had been cast in the role. Then last week we heard that the studio was worried about Walker’s age. You see, Walker is only a few years younger than James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, who are supposed to be his elders in the film. Fox decided to find a younger actor to play Beast. Hoult is 20 years old (turning 21 later this year). McAvoy is 31, while Fassbender is 33.

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X-Men First Class

I don’t know if it’s the impending holiday weekend and consequent lack of real news, but today is rife with rumor. There’s the Mad Max one (which I’ve been assured by a couple people now is actually not rumor) and some Scream 4 stories that leave me dubious, and now a couple of rumors about the cast and character breakdown for X-Men First Class.

The first X-Men rumor is that Jamie Madrox, aka the Multiple Man, is going to appear in the film as a student at Professor Xavier’s school. The character has already shown up in Fox’s mutant franchise, as he was a fairly prominent part of the third X-Men film. Who’ll play him, and what is his role in First Class? We don’t know — at this point it’s just a rumor that he’s even in the movie. Discuss below. [CBM]

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Briefly: Alice Eve, the lead actress from She’s Out of My League, is in talks with Fox to play Emma Frost in Matthew Vaughn‘s upcoming X-Men: First Class, reports Deadline. Not long ago, very tenuous rumor had suggested the role might go to Rosamund Pike, but Pike has also been linked to the role of Moira McTaggert.

If this deal is finalized, Eve will join James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto and Benjamin Walker as Beast. Amber Heard is rumored to play Mystique. This isn’t Eve’s first flirtation with the Marvel Universe. Earlier this year she was rumored to be the studio’s pick to play Peggy Carter in Captain America, though that role ended up going to Hayley Atwell.

Additionally, Marvel today issued a press release that Tommy Lee Jones is confirmed for Captain America (which we knew) and that he’d play Colonel Phillips, which is a detail we didn’t have finalized. Phillips is the officer who recruits Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) to the project which turns him into the super-soldier Captain America.

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