The New York Times, of all places, has the first look at director Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, thanks to a visit to the movie's Louisiana set.
The photo shows Benjamin Walker, who was cast as Beast in X-Men: First Class for about five minutes, as an incredibly authentic-looking Lincoln giving a speech, perhaps even that most famous one.
Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s bestselling 2010 novel, the 20th Century Fox production 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.
In the article, Bekmambetov describes the movie as a cross between D. W. Griffith’s Abraham Lincoln and F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu, and draws a comparison between the president and Jesus.
The cast also includes Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie, Alan Tudyk, Jimmi Simpson and Robin McLeavy.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in 3D on June 22, 2012.