May 9, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
As Steven Spielberg preps his Abraham Lincoln biopic “Lincoln”, filming is already underway in Louisiana on a very different sort of film about the 16th President of the United States, and The New York Times has the first look. In “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, rising star Benjamin Walker plays a highly trained axe-wielding warrior whose mission in life is to rid the world of the undead, after one of the creatures attacked and killed his mother when he was a child. And if he has to become President, end slavery and preside over the Civil War to accomplish that singular goal, so be it!
Screenwriter and author of the novel on which it’s based, Seth Grahame-Smith likens Abraham Lincoln as a vampire hunter to the topical subject of Barack Obama’s recent killing of Osama Bin Laden. “There’s something in the American psyche, we want our presidents to be warriors. We’re giving that to Abraham Lincoln, sort of posthumously in this case.”
Joining Walker in the titular role are a slew of up and coming actors, including Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd (eventually Lincoln), Dominic Cooper as Henry Sturgess, Lincoln’s vampire mentor and Anthony Mackie as Will, Lincoln’s best friend. Filming began in March and continues as director Timur Bekmambetov and producer Tim Burton aim for a summer blockbuster release date of June 22, 2012.
See the first still taken by the NYT of Walker bearded up, in costume and looking eerily like the real Lincoln, below.
April 12, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
The cast for Tim Burton’s adapatation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is finally coming together after the process began back in Janaury this year. Benjamin Walker, Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Robin McLeavy are all already in New Orleans for the start of filming, and today Variety have announced that President Lincoln finally has a bad guy to fight!
English actor Rufus Sewell has signed on to play head vampire Adam opposite Walker’s President Lincoln in the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel, in which the death of President Lincoln’s mother by vampires sets young Abe’s life in motion. The novel follows the true events of President Lincoln’s life but with the twist that everything President Lincoln ever did was in an attempt to rid the world of the vampire.
Sewell has been absent from the big screen for a few years, apart from a small role in last year’s The Tourist, sticking mostly to TV mini-series, including the award winning John Adams.
Produced by Tim Burton and Jim Lenley, Timur Bekmambetov will direct and the film, set to be shot in 3D, currently has a tentative release date of June 22, 2012.
March 31, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
And here’s another mystery that resolved itself fast, and just to toot our own horn here, we totally called it. Chloe Moretz’s “huge, crazy” project is indeed Tim Burton’s adaptation of “Dark Shadows”, from the 1960′s soap opera of the same name, reports Deadline. Johnny Depp stars as Barnabas Collins, a vampire searching for fresh blood and his lost love, Josette. Being a serial television series, Collins had many trials and tribulations while running into various ghosts, werewolves and other mythical creatures throughout his life, though presumably the film would have a more concentrated storyline.
A large and still growing cast already includes Bella Heathcote as Victoria Winters, a young governess who catches Collins’ eye because she reminds him of his dead love, Eva Green as a powerful witch who shares a love-hate relationship with Collins, Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Stoddard, the matriarch of the Collins clan, Helena Bonham Carter as Hoffman, a specialist in psychology and rare blood disorders who moves into Collinwood and Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis, a con artist who arrives on the scene hoping to swindle some cash and jewels from the estate but ends up a victim of Collins instead.
We did make an incorrect guess on the character Moretz would play. While we logically deduced she might play Sarah Collins, the younger sister of Barnabes who dies at age 11 but sticks around as a ghost, Deadline reports she will instead play Carolyn Stoddard, the daughter of Pfeiffer’s Elizabeth, traditionally a 19-year-old who eventually marries and is widowed. That character will presumably be aged down for 14-year-old Moretz.
The young star of “Kick-Ass” and “Let Me In” had a tremendous breakout year in 2010 and her career continues on an exponentially upward trajectory, following up her two critically acclaimed performances with a turn in Martin Scorsese’s 3D fantasy epic “Hugo Cabret”. “Dark Shadows” is gearing up for a summer shoot, after Moretz completes the currently filming gritty indie drama “Hick”.
March 28, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
An actor from Disney’s upcoming “Prom”, deeply rooted in the tween market, is making a quick turn into legit adult territory with a pivotal role in Tim Burton’s highly anticipated big screen adaptation of “Dark Shadows”. Deadline reports that Thomas McDonnell will be playing the younger version of lead character/vampire Barnabes Collins, played by Johnny Depp in eternal adulthood.
The long-gestating passion project for Burton and Depp, “Dark Shadows” centers around a centuries old vampire searching for fresh blood and his lost love, Josette, and his many adventures involving ghosts, werewolves, time travel and other weird stuff, has finally begun making solid strides towards becoming a reality, with filming now firmly slated to begin this May. A large and still growing cast already includes Bella Heathcote as a young governess who catches Collins’ eye because she reminds him of his dead love, Eva Green as a powerful witch who shares a love-hate relationship with Collins, Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Stoddard, the matriarch of the Collins clan, Helena Bonham Carter as Hoffman, a specialist in psychology and rare blood disorders who moves into Collinwood and Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis, a con artist who arrives on the scene hoping to swindle some cash and jewels from the estate but ends up a victim of Collins instead.
McDonnell has only appeared in a total of 5 acting projects since making his onscreen debut in 2008′s “The Forbidden Kingdom”, but is already garnering buzz as a “young Depp”. “Prom” releases on April 29th and he is attached to another high school drama, “The Spectacular Now”, based on the novel by Tim Tharp.