So much for Joaquin Phoenix's days as a vampire slayer-training vampire. Although the "Walk the Line" and "I'm Still Here" actor was previously mentioned as a probable front runner for the pivotal role of Henry Sturgess in Timur Bekmambetov's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," it now appears that the role has gone elsewhere.
The Hollywood Reporter states that instead of casting name actors like Phoenix, Bekmambetov has opted to go the route of lesser-known stars. To that end, "Mamma Mia!" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" actor Dominic Cooper has won the role of Sturgess, Abraham Lincoln's vampire mentor. He'll star opposite Benjamin Walker, who staked out the coveted role of the 16th President of the United States just last month.
Cooper isn't the only newcomer to Bekmambetov's adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel, however. THR also notes that "The Hurt Locker" co-star Anthony Mackie, next seen in the Matt Damon and Emily Blunt-starring "The Adjustment Bureau," is also in talks for a role in the movie. Assuming his deal is finalized, Mackie would play Will, Lincoln's best friend and frequent collaborator on the vampire killing mayhem.
Between Walker, Cooper and Mackie, things are certainly moving in the right direction for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." And the casting speculation continues beyond that trio of actors: according to THR, names like Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Robin McLeavy have been bandied about for the film's female lead.
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