Firefly star Alan Tudyk will play Sen. Stephen A. Douglas, an ally of the Southern bloodsuckers, in Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Variety reports.
He joins a rapidly expanding cast that includes Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie, Jimmi Simpson and Robin McLeavy. Bekmambetov it producing the 20th Century Fox film, along with Tim Burton and Jim Lemley.
Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s bestselling 2010 novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter chronicles the secret life of the ax-wielding 16th president (Walker), who we’re told waged a clandestine lifelong war against the bloodsuckers after one of them killed his mother. The mashup, which features among its cast Edgar Allan Poe, William Seward and an undead John Wilkes Booth, imagines a Confederacy supported by vampires, who rely on the slave trade for food.
Best known to genre fans for his portrayal of Hoban “Wash” Washburne in Firefly and Serenity, Tudyk more recently appeared in Death at a Funeral, 3:10 to Yuma, Dollhouse and V.