Rufus Sewell To Play Villain In <i>Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter</i>

Dark City star Rufus Sewell has landed the role of Adam, the lead vampire villain, in director Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Variety reports.

He joins a cast that includes Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie, Alan Tudyk, Jimmi Simpson and Robin McLeavy.

Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s bestselling 2010 novel, the 20th Century Fox film 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. Grahame-Smith wrote the screenplay. Bekmambetov is producing along with Tim Burton and Jim Lemley.

Sewell, 43, recently appeared in The Pillars of the Earth, The Tourist and John Adams.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in 3D on June 22, 2012.

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