He’ll play Lincoln’s vampire mentor Henry Sturgis, the role recently linked linked to Joaquin Phoenix. Anthony Mackie (The Adjustment Bureau, The Hurt Locker) has also joined the cast of director Timur Bekmambetov’s film as Lincoln’s best friend and fellow vampire hunter Will.
Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s bestselling 2010 novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter chronicles the secret life of the ax-wielding 16th president, 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.
Cooper (An Education) will play Henry Sturgis, a vampire who saves the life of the 16-year-old Lincoln, educates him about vampirism, then repeatedly points him in the direction of evil bloodsuckers.
Produced by Bekmambetov, Tim Burton and Jim Lemley, the $69-million 20th Century Fox film is marked for release on June 22, 2012.
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