Will Eric Bana Get Elected ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 12:39 am,

Honest Abe Lincoln made quite the name for himself – born in a one-room log cabin to a poor family from Kentucky and eventually becoming the 16th President of the U.S.A. It is (ahem) now known that he was also skilled at killing blood-sucking immortals, as his secret diaries reveal in Seth Grahame-Smith’s hit novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Timur Bekmambetov of Wanted and Night Watch fame is directing the big screen adaptation of Smith’s novel, which could end up featuring Australian actor Eric Bana as the titular vampire-slaying American politician himself.

The Wrap says that Bana is scheduled to meet with Bekmambetov about the lead part in his Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter adaptation, which has already been scripted by Smith and is being produced by Tim Burton. Tom Hardy was previously approached to play the role of Henry Sturges – who, in Smith’s book, is a vampire that saves young Lincoln’s life and teaches him how to properly hunt and kill creatures of the night – but Bana is the first name to pop up as a serious contender for the part of the former President himself.

Fox has scheduled a summer 2012 release date for the film, which is budgeted at $69 million and will be a 3D affair. That hopefully means Bekmambetov will actually shoot Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in the 3D format since:

  1. There’s not yet been a case in which a live-action movie converted to 3D during post-production looked more than adequate – generally the footage just appears blurred and muddled.
  2. Bekmambetov’s previous films have all featured hyper-stylized action sequences and the kind of visual wizardry that virtually jumps off the screen in regular 2D – much less the third dimension.
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Bekmambetov’s ‘Wanted’ was all about the stylish action.

Bana is no stranger to big-budget action fare, having previously starred in pics like Hulk, Troy, and last year’s Star Trek reboot as well.¬†While the actor does not hail from the U.S. himself, he does bear a slight physical resemblance to the 6′ 4” Lincoln – more so in terms of height (Bana is 6′ 3”) than build. Donning the traditional Lincoln beard, top hat, and suit might give Bana more of the refined, stream-lined look that just about every picture and portrait of the real Honest Abe indicates he had.

London-born thespian Daniel Day-Lewis will play Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming biopic about the president, which will take far fewer (*cough*) creative liberties with the truth about the man’s life than Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. We know Lewis can certainly look the part of the 16th President (he essentially already did in Gangs of New York), but perhaps Bekmambetov’s Lincoln movie calls for a more (*double cough*) physically robust version of the man – one who seems capable of taking out powerful, supernatural monsters with pretty much his bare hands, that is.

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is scheduled to attack theaters on June 22nd, 2012, so production will begin in the first half of 2011. Expect to hear a big name officially sign on to play the warrior U.S. President himself in the near future.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. Though it would be easy to imagine ‘Bill the Butcher’ slaughtering vampire in a stove pipe hat, Bana isn’t a bad choice at all. His jaw is far more full and square than the beloved former President, but his past work has hinted at an ability to reflect inner turmoil and gravitas. Hopefully moviegoers will be able to separate the legend of President Lincoln from this story and be entertained by the reimagining.

    Off-topic, it would be something to see this in black & white, which I think plays very well in high definition.

  2. they need henry from party down

  3. this is for liam neeson since he aint doing that bio pic.

    • AGREED!!

  4. good actor, but looks nothing like abe…

  5. Surprised no ones complaining that Bana isnt American…

    • indeed.. people went all out when they were casting captain america.

      • Maybe they don’t realise he is Australian?

        • well shh! dont tell them! :)

    • LOL DSB. Not only is not not American, he’s not tall enough.

    • I don’t think a lot of people really care DSB. I fully intend to read this book. If for no other reason, to see if it is as stupid as it sounds. I will let you know when I have finished it.

      • have you read the other adaptations ie pride and prejudice and zombies or sence and sencability and sea monsters i enjoyed them am going to check out this version to i also found a zombie christmas carol at waterstones yesterday so my gf picked it up as an xmas gift for me am looking forward to reading it =)

  6. As much as I like Bana, I wont be seeing this…well I might one day down the road

  7. Not american ?
    Neither is the actor who plays Batman.
    No big deal in either case.

  8. meh

  9. I’ve like Eric Bana as an actor and am disappointed for him that his career isn’t as high profile as what its should be. I’ve always felt that he could’ve been a big leading actor in the same mould as Harrison Ford.

    Still can’t understand why he wasn’t at the very least Oscar nominated ofr his role as Avner in Munich. His performance was brilliant in that film