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'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' trailer & featurette - Was Honest Abe the Buffy of the 19th century?

Well, you can’t get much sillier than this idea. The first trailer and featurette for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has been released and it’s looking more over the top than I thought. In fact, it’s such an odd premise that I bet a lot of moviegoers will have to do a double take before they realize that this is actually a real movie. Yes, a studio was crazy enough to release a vampire movie starring Abraham Lincoln. Will it work? I have no idea, but the tagline is priceless: “President by day. Hunter by night.”

Here’s the official synopsis: 

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter explores the secret life of our greatest President, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Wanted) bring a fresh and visceral voice to the blood-thirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history’s greatest hunter of the undead.

Excited yet? Well, the trailer and featurette below should give you a bit more to chew on, but not much. Judging from the footage shown, this will be nothing but a CGI-fest, pitting Lincoln against the undead in a lot of dark, dreary, and explosive 19th century locations. What we don’t really see is how Benjamin Walker, a relative unknown, handles the part of one of the most iconic figures of all time. It seems like a doomed role. Hopefully, the team goes over the top with the Lincoln impersonation and at least has fun with it. If it’s more like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, count me out.

There are some solid actors involved including Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as Stephen A. Douglas, Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) as William Johnson, and Jimmi Simpson (A McBoyle twin from It’s Always Sunny…) as Joshua Speed. Tim Burton is also involved as a producer of sorts, but Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is helming the project. 



So, are you sold? Do you plan to pay to see Abraham Lincoln hunt the undead? If it works, this could make Lincoln the most kickass president since Harrison Ford in Air Force One

(Thanks to Collider for the featurette link and Entertainment Weekly for the header image)

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