Benjamin Walker IS ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter!’

The relatively unknown Walker to play the bearded, nosferatu-killing 16th president. Call him 'Scruffy the Vampire Slayer.'

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Benjamin Walker IS 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter!'

We all know that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. From vampires. We all knew that right? Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov’s upcoming adaptation of Seth Graham Smith’s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter went through an enormous casting process to find the leading man, with Eric Bana, Josh Lucas and even Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody coming up short in favor of the relative unknown Benjamin Walker. Walker had a brush with Hollywood movie stardom when he accepted the role of Beast in X-Men: First Class, but he had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts and the role ended up going to A Single Man‘s Nicholas Hoult.

So who is Ben Walker? He’s a young actor playing Abraham Lincoln from his mid-20’s through his 50’s, which helps explain why director Bekmambetov and co-producer Tim Burton decided to skew younger, since old age makeup usually looks more convincing than "young age" makeup. Walker also starred in the off-broadway musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, so he’s clearly got experience as a blood-soaked POTUS. It’s always interesting to see Hollywood try to make a new star as opposed to elevating (or lowering) a familiar one, so we’re going to give them the benefit of the doubt for now and wish Walker the best of luck. Thanks to Deadline for the news.