Most recently Walker appeared on Broadway, where he received raves for his work in the irreverent musical, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” in which he played a sexy, swearing, singing version of the President of the United States.
Now, perhaps carving a rather unique niche for himself, Walker will skew presidential history again, as he’s been brought on board to play Abe Lincoln in Fox’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Walker will be directed by Timur Bekmanbetov (“Wanted”) in the big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2010 novel of the same name, in which Honest Abe battles the bloodsuckers in the midst of the Civil War.
Vampires aside, the description of the role should be somewhat familiar territory for Walker, who beat out the likes of Eric Bana and Adrien Brody for the coveted part. THR reports that the movie “calls for the actor to play the famed president from the age of 20 to 55, from boyish and lanky to skilled fighter to middle-aged with trademarked beard.” In “BBAJ,” Walker portrayed Jackson from his childhood through to his presidency.
With the shoes of the 16th President now filled by Walker (who has previously appeared on the big screen in smaller parts in films such as “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Kinsey”), Fox will now further its search for who will play Henry Sturges, Lincoln’s mentor in the art of vampire hunting. Tom Hardy was initially sought out by the studio, but has since signed on for “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Does Benjamin Walker have your vote for “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?”