Two very different cinematic visions of Abraham Lincoln will be released in 2012. One arrives in the form of Lincoln, a Steven Spielberg-directed biopic about the last few months in the famous U.S. president’s life/time in office – and the other is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a subversive historical flick that exposes Lincoln’s “secret life” as a warrior who battles blood-thirsty vampires, as brought to life by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov.
Today, we have a new international poster for Vampire Hunter that, like the original novel’s cover, pokes fun at an iconic representation of Honest Abe (namely, the Lincoln Memorial). In addition, there’s a new behind-the-scenes video composed of interviews with some of the film’s cast and crew, including star Benjamin Walker.
The part of Lincoln has the potential to be a breakout role for Walker, whose more noteworthy roles to date include supporting parts in auteur flicks, like Bill Condon’s Kinsey and Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers, along with an attention-grabbing lead turn in the play Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Likewise, a good chunk of the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter cast is composed of lesser-knowns such as Walker, along with fan-favorites like Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Real Steel).
Check out Walker as the 16th U.S. president (trusty axe in hand) in the new international poster for Vampire Hunter, followed by the first behind-the-scenes clip, below:
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter won’t have a significant impact on just Walker’s future; both this film and Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows should offer a pretty solid first-impression of Seth Grahame-Smith’s screenwriting abilities. Enthusiasm for not-yet-certain upcoming Smith-scripted projects like Beetlejuice 2 and Unholy Night could become all the more (or less) valued, should both of the aforementioned 2012 releases play well with moviegoers (or, alternatively, fail to please the moviegoing masses).
If nothing else, Vampire Hunter should certainly feel quite different than your average summer popcorn flick. As you may have noticed with regards to some of the sets, costumes, and makeup briefly glimpsed in the above featurette, this film is being fashioned as a mix of historically-accurate production design on a par with your average awards-hopeful period drama – and over-the-top 3D action set pieces that pit humans against supernatural creatures of the night.
That makes Vampire Hunter a different beast that even Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies, which infuse their 19th-century setting with more of a stylized Steampunk aesthetic. Whether the former will be more, less, or as financially-successful as Ritchie’s blockbuster Holmes series, that remains to be seen…
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will hits theaters in the U.S. on June 22nd, 2012.