[UPDATE: We've added six new Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter stills to the gallery.]
Are you psyched to see the 16th U.S. Commander-in-Chief duke it out with blood-thirsty demons in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?...
20th Century Fox is certainly hoping so, seeing how the studio has initiated its marketing campaign for the Tim Burton-produced "revisionist" historical biopic - by releasing multiple posters, featurettes, and now a handful of new official stills, all teasing actor Benjamin Walker's turn as Honest Abe, trusty axe always in hand. With a Summer 2012 release date on the books, we should also be getting an actual trailer for Vampire Hunter, in the near future.
The basic concept behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is that the eponymous president secretly spent his days waging a lifelong battle against dangerous supernatural monsters that feed on the blood of humans, after one of them murdered his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln (Robin McLeavy). In the original novel written by Seth Grahame-Smith - who also co-penned the script for the film adaptation - many of Abe's political ambitions and maneuvers during his time in office are revealed to also be gestures that directly weaken the hidden vampire clans of North America.
Pictured alongside a beardless Walker as Lincoln in the gallery below is the vampire leader Adam (Rufus Sewell), a character Smith created specifically for the Vampire Hunter movie adaptation - and the seductive vampire gal Vadoma, as played by supermodel Erin Wasson. The pair encounter Honest Abe relatively early on in the movie, when young Abraham ventures to Louisiana, in the hopes of rescuing his friend, William Johnson (Anthony Mackie) - another new addition to the story, who also provides an African-American perspective on the issue of slavery, which Smith says he regrets not including in his original book.
See all of the aforementioned characters (along with an older, bearded version of Honest Abe) by checking out the new Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter stills:
If you're still reading at this point, then chances are good: you're just as intrigued - or maybe merely mystified - by this mashup of history and pulpy monster movie elements as we are (with Vampire Hunter being one of our most anticipated films of 2012).
Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov is mixing together a surprising amount of historically-accurate production design with a late 19th-century variation on the hyper-stylized action sequences present in both his Wanted comic book adaptation and Night Watch movies. Strange it may seem, that bizarre combination could (inconceivably?) result in quite the innovative summer blockbuster - at least, if its stars are to be believed.
We shall see how it all turns out when Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits U.S. theaters (in 2D and 3D) on June 22nd, 2012.