We've known for a some time that the 16th President of the United States would be making the leap to the big screen next summer to show off his vampire-slaughtering skills, but now we finally know which fanged beast he'll be staking his way towards.
Rufus Sewell, a British "hey, that guy!" and star of the cult sci-fi classic "Dark City," has emerged from the shadows to take on the role of Adam in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," reports Variety. Adam is the head vampire in the film, the main adversary of Lincoln, played by newcomer Benjamin Walker. Details on who or what Adam is up to pre-Civil War/Vampire Revolt is unknown, but one can safely assume some serious blood-sucking is involved.
"Vampire Hunter" is based on a book by Seth Grahame-Smith (author of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"), so those who are particularly curious where Sewell fits into the grand scheme of the plot can dive into the original text. Or Spark Notes. The film co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln, Dominic Cooper as the man who teaches Lincoln to fight vampires and Anthony Mackie as Lincoln's sidekick. "Vampire Hunter" is directed by Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted"), ensuring that the fight scenes should be a little more exciting than your 10th grade history class.
Sewell has long been the go-to character actor for dignified bad guys, so the choice to have him star in a period action flick makes perfect sense. His previous work is a clear indicator that the man is capable of grounding even the most bizarre of plots, plus he just looks like a vampire. Always helpful.
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" begins shooting in 3-D this March, with a set release date of June 22, 2012 -- that gives you a year to buy your garlic cloves and crosses!