Six Actors Will Vie To Become Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated January 17th, 2011 at 5:36 am,

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter image Six Actors Will Vie To Become Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter [Updated]

[UPDATE: Timothy Olyphant says he is not testing for this role.]

Born in a rustic log cabin; destined to preside over the bloodiest war on American soil; and capable of wielding an axe like a surgeon while fearlessly decapitating the undead, the famed 16th president of the United States was re-envisoned as a fierce warrior whose weapons are not restricted to words in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. So, who will play this role in the film adaptation?

Bruce Banner from Ang Lee’s Hulk (aka Eric Bana) was circling the part last month, but has not yet secured it. Now, six more actors are set to test for the lead role in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which will be brought to life by director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and producer Tim Burton.

Deadline revealed the names of those who will be screen-testing for the part of vampire-killing Honest Abe over the next few weeks. Their ranks include British stage actor James D’Arcy; Oscar-winner Adrien Brody (fresh off slaying aliens in Predators); another British thespian, Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Going the Distance); Josh Lucas (another Hulk veteran); Timothy Olyphant (I Am Number Four) and Benjamin Walker, who recently finished portraying a different U.S. president in an unusual light in the play Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

While Englishman Daniel Day-Lewis is playing Lincoln in Spielberg’s straightforward biopic about the politician, it seems slightly more likely that a U.S. born actor will bring the historical figure to life in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. However, Lucas has yet to prove himself as a capable action star – while Brody can at least grow a solid beard and demonstrated in last summer’s Predator reboot that he makes for a convincing (if less than spectacular) onscreen warrior.

Olyphant has also battled dangerous creatures before in The Crazies remake and showed off his marksmanship (sans any sort of facial hair – save for his eyebrows) in the Hitman movie – not to mention his memorable turn as the square-jawed sheriff on the HBO western series, Deadwood and his latest fan-favorite role in Justified. Would he perhaps make for an intimidating but regal vampire slayer?

UPDATE: When asked by Collider if he is testing for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Olyphant said “No, that’s not true. I’m not doing that, no. Thanks for asking, but no, that’s not true.”

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Olyphant in 'The Crazies'.

Walker is more of a wild card as he’s not yet taken on leading man duties in a larger Hollywood tentpole pic before. He played a soldier before in Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers and his stage role as Andrew Jackson was apparently quite entertaining, if unorthodox. Brits D’Arcy and Jackson-Cohen shouldn’t be counted out entirely either, but neither are especially well known in the movie-loving community (the former was approached to appear in X-Men: First Class though).

Brody and Olyphant are arguably the best known names in this group and would bring the most star power to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It’s the premise that will really sell this $69 million, 3D project to the ticket-buying masses so it’s possible that one of the lesser-knowns in this pack (or someone else entirely) will walk away with the lead role at the end of the day.

Who would you like to see play the vampire-killing version of the 16th U.S. president (if only we all had a nickel for every time someone asked us that question…)?

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will arrive in 2D and 3D theaters on June 22nd, 2012.

Source: Deadline

Update Source: Collider

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  1. Vampires don’t stand a chance against Mr. Tophat. Abraham Lincoln hasn’t been this awesome since The Emancipation Proclamation.

  2. Really? I give the makers at least a +1 for coming up with something more original than a remake or adaption from an old TV show/cartoon but VAMPIRES? I’m admittedly a little sick of all the vampire movies.

    • Unless he’s dispatching the vampires from the “Twilight” series of films (and giving us back vampires that flash-fry in the sunlight and DIE, instead of going all Vampi-Seltzer fizzy/sparkly), I’m not interested.

  3. I think Eric Bana is the best choice for the role. If not him, than Olyphant. Bana is tall enough, Lincoln was 6’4″ and Bana is close to that. Plus I think he’d look the part more than anyone else.

    • I agree … Bana has also proved in Star Trek he can play a convincing killer

    • This may be just me, but how about wanting an actual AMERICAN actor to play an AMERICAN Iconic President. Just a thought.

      • I feel ya on that Ants, usually I do not care. But old Abe? Yeah. Needs to be played by an american. Don’t know why I care on this and not others… but I just do.

        • In the book, Lincoln aged mostly from about 16 and up, and spent most of his vampire hunting in his 20s and 30s. He was described as a big, strong man – even stronger than he looked – he picks a bigger man up by his neck and belt and holds him over his head before he throws the guy against a wall. Adrien Brody is simply too little to play this man. I suspect Liam Neeson looks most like Lincoln, but is just too old. Hurray for keeping an American actor to play an American vampire hunter, congressman and president – if they can ignore obvious casting choices in British movies to favor British actors it is the least we can do.

    • yh agreed

  4. Too bad they cast Tom Hardy as someone else in this movie … he would have played an awesome vampire-killing honest-abe IMO …

  5. i personally think hugo weaving would make a great lincoln… plus he has battled Neo in the matrix and thats kinda like a vampire…. the last two movies sucked enough.

    • Serious? I’ll take that as a joke LOL

  6. As much of a fan as I am of Timothy Olyphant, and even Josh Lucas, I have to say that from the list, the one I can most easily picture as President Lincoln is Adrien Brody. I don’t picture the President having been an intense, in-your-face persona and Brody seems to deliver that same timidness and gentleness in many of his roles. I think he’s also got enough quirky heroism to make it credible as a vampire hunter.

  7. For me? It’s either Josh Lucas or Timothy Olyphant.

    Lucas has been on my radar ever since I saw A Beautiful Mind. I thought his performance in that, while small, was great. And Olyphant is probably the one I want to see in this the most. The Crazies was amazing. He was the best part of Hitman, I haven’t seen Deadwood or Justified yet but I’ve heard great things.

    Adrian Brody would be 3rd, but I don’t know how I feel about him in action roles. While he was good in Predators, he just doesn’t have that vibe. I think he is better in dramatic roles. Roles like The Pianist or The Jacket. Hell! He was even great in Sci-Fi (Splice. My favorite Sci-Fi movie of 2009!)

  8. It needs to be Liam Neeson. After all, he was originally cast as Lincoln in Spielberg’s flick

    • I was just about to say the same thing. Put Neeson in a beard and top-hat and tell him to act like he does in Taken, and Bam! Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

  9. I vote thumbs down on Eric Bana. He cannot carry a film. He is good as a secondary character or villain, but none of his hero/leading man portrayals in Hulk, Munich, and that Time Traveller’s Wife movie make me believe that casting him would make a better movie.

    I also vote thumbs down on Adrien Brody, While he was good in Predators, I would say the franchise and the director were what drew the crowds. He is a great guy, but his other movies like The Jacket just die at the box office. He’s a great character actor, but he needs to be part of an ensemble, he cannot carry a film like this on his own.

    Thumbs up for Walker or Olyphant. I think what either of them could do with the character would draw crowds once the trailers are online. Bother seem to have the charisma to carry a movie like this if given the chance.

  10. I’d like to see Olyphant playing that role. He is a good actor but really undeestimated.

  11. If what walker says about Abraham’s age in this film is true, then I think Seth Rogen could be perfect for the role.

    • Even in a comedy, the LAST person I see playing Lincoln would be Rogen.

      OK, maybe the last person would be Peewee Herman, but you get my drift.


  12. I vote Brody. He was awesome in Predators and just has great chemistry on screen.

  13. In an interview with Collider, Olyphant DENIES he ever tested for this role.

  14. {i actually laughed when i saw this whilst thinking to myself} “why are they doing this?}