Five Actors Vie For ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

Adrien Brody and Benjamin Walker are among the performers who may become our nation's greatest Presidential vampire slayer.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Five Actors Vie For 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

Despite the oddball premise, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is currently one of the most anticipated projects in Hollywood. And it looks like Twentieth Century Fox is close to finding an actor to portray Abe Lincoln in the film.

According to Deadline, Adrien Brody ("Predators"), Benjamin Walker (" Flags of Our Fathers"), Oliver Jackson-Cohen ("Going the Distance"), Josh Lucas ("A Beautiful Mind") and James D’Arcy ("Exorcist: The Beginning") will be coming into the studio for screen tests as Lincoln.

As the title suggests, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" re-imagines America’s 16th President as a life-long enemy of vampires everywhere thanks to the undead monsters who killed his mother. In this universe, vampires were protected by slave owners in the South, forcing Lincoln to declare war to eliminate them. The novel and screenplay adaptation were written by Seth Grahame-Smith, who is also behind another popular horror novel mashup, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." Grahame-Smith also created the MTV series "The Hard Times of RJ Berger" and produced the CBS web series, "Clark and Michael."

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" was directly optioned by Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted") and Tim Burton ("Alice In Wonderland"), with Bekmambetov attached to direct and Burton on board as an executive producer. The screenplay was the subject of a heated bidding war between Sony, Fox, Universal, Paramount and Summit before Fox finally came away from it successfully. Fox’s campaign to get the film included an elaborate "vampire hunter" set up on the lot when Bekmambetov and Burton arrived to discuss a deal.

Although the budget for the film is reportedly only $69 million, Bekmambetov and Burton may receive as much as 25% of the film’s first dollar gross, which could make "Abraham Lincoln" one of their highest paying projects to date.