20th Century Fox released the official Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter trailer, at long last confirming to many doubters that the Tim Burton-produced mix of historical fact, historical fantasy, and stylized supernatural horror-action is indeed a real film... and not just an elaborate public ruse or a faux production like those marketed during the beginning of Tropic Thunder.
An international teaser trailer for the Abraham Lincoln not-a-real-biopic has since emerged online, featuring a fair amount of new footage - including, excerpts from a motivational monologue delivered by the vampire Henry Sturgess (Captain America's Dominic Cooper), who becomes a mentor to young Honest Abe and trains him in the art of how to slaughter creatures of the night.
Previously-released Vampire Hunter footage and images have primarily featured star Benjamin Walker as both the youthful and bearded (re: older) versions of the 16th U.S. Commander-in-Chief, performing fancy maneuvers with his self-made axe and engaging in slowmo/fastmo action sequences right out of Paul W.S. Anderson's similarly over-the-top adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Or, rather, like a period version of Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov's Wanted comic book movie.
Like its domestic counterpart, the international Vampire Hunter teaser positions the film as being an origin story for a new breed of superhero, who primarily works under the cover of moonlight. It's all the more appropriate too, seeing how - according to screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (who also penned the original Vampire Hunter novel) - that's exactly what this movie is.
See what we mean by watching the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter international trailer below:
While the early Vampire Hunter footage has left many people convinced that this flick could be a revolutionary blockbuster, others have yet to be won over. In fact, the hyper-realistic action set pieces and fights glimpsed from the film so far have proven to be a double-sided blade, providing fuel for the Vampire Hunter detractors who were hoping that Bekmambetov might go for more of a grounded tone, to counteract the already-fantastical nature of the subject matter. Only time will tell which side of this debate is ultimately correct.
For a recap of additional early footage from the film - including, a full scene with Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Thing, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) as Honest Abe's lady love, who briefly shows up in the international trailer - be sure to check out Screen Rant's exclusive first look at Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter wil hit theaters (2D and 3D) around the U.S. on June 22nd, 2012.
Source: 20th Century Fox