If you haven’t read Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter then do so. It’s a clever mash-up of historical fact and vampire fiction, all of it centering around our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Imagine the majority of the plantation owners in the South were actually vampires and the slave trade was part of their master plan. Oh, yeah, the book goes there.
A film adaptation is in development with Timur Bekmambetov directing. Ben Walker has already been cast as Lincoln, and he was joined last week by Dominic Cooper and Anthony Mackie. Also last week, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) and Australian actress Robin McLeavy were in contention for the film’s female lead, the role of Mary Todd Lincoln. Latino Review is now reporting that the part is going to McLeavy, though it should be noted that the site provides no source for this news.
Take that as you will. Me, I’m just psyched to see Grahame-Smith’s vision brought to life by a talent like Bekmambetov. Whatever you may think of his adaptation of Wanted and its divergence from the comic book series, it was a knockout action flick with some truly incredible set piece staging and super-stylish special effects. That level of talent combined with a story like Vampire Hunter is something I definitely need to see.
NOTE: The image above comes from Australian production The Loved Ones, in which McLeavy starred as the villain.
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