[UPDATE: It turns out that Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been cast in the role of Mary Todd, not Robin McLeavy, as original reports indicated.]
Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov is favoring up-and-comers over established stars to appear in his big screen take on the supernatural horror/biopic mashup Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and has now signed on a lesser-known actress to portray the wife of the titular axe-wielding politician.
Australian starlet Robin McLeavy has landed the role of Lincoln’s longtime spouse, Mary Todd, in Bekmambetov’s adaptation, and will help fill out the cast alongside recent additions like Anthony Mackie and Dominic Cooper.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter spans the life of the 16th U.S. president (Benjamin Walker), a stout-hearted lad from Kentucky who learns that his mother was killed by blood-thirsty monsters and is taught how to combat them by one Henry Sturges (Cooper), himself a creature of the night. Lincoln eventually befriends another vampire slayer named William Seward (Mackie), and the two team up to stop the legions of the undead, who align themselves with the Confederacy in an attempt to conquer and enslave the entire U.S.
Latino Review has the scoop on McLeavy, who apparently won the role of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter over the likes of Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead. It’s unlikely that her name rings any bells, since McLeavy has only starred in two lesser-known full-length features, including the dark high school revenge flick The Loved Ones. If nothing else, she at least has some background experience working in the horror genre.
Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter novel, penned the movie’s screenplay as well and describes Mary Todd as “a petite, 20-year-old brunette.” The real Mary Todd may have been appeared somewhat different in reality, but McLeavy will easily suffice in the looks department.
Tim Burton is producing Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which aims to be a serious hybrid of the horror and history genres, and less of a comically warped spin on the life of the 16th U.S. president. As a cinematic artist, Bekmambetov is renowned for his ability to craft hyper-stylized action sequences that are full of creative visuals and lots of R-Rated violence – and that easily makes him a proper fit for material like this.
The decision to avoid casting name actors like Eric Bana or Joaquin Phoenix in the film’s central roles shouldn’t come back to haunt the filmmakers, since this is a movie that will sell itself first and foremost on its premise. It could also lead to bigger and better projects for all cast members involved, should enough moviegoers turn out to see Abe Lincoln unleash bloody fury on the undead in 2D and 3D.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter begins production next month and is slated for release in theaters on June 22nd, 2012.
Source: Latino Review