History buffs and fans of the 16th U.S. president probably ought to keep away from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The film, directed by Timur Bekmambetov and based on the 2010 Seth Grahame-Smith novel, places more emphasis on action movie fight sequences than it does on the historical facts of Honest Abe's biography and the Civil War through which he led.
If he looks familiar, it's probably because he played a young Liam Neeson in 2004's Kinsey, about the life of biologist, zoologist and sexologist Alfred Kinsey — also starring Peter Sarsgaard, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt, Timothy Hutton, Laura Linney and Chris O'Donnell — but now Benjamin Walker is portraying an even greater historical figure, the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, in director Timur Bekmambetov and writer Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Despite a burgeoning obsession with zombies in the entertainment world, which includes the widely acclaimed AMC series, The Walking Dead, starring Andrew Lincoln, the novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, and the upcoming film, World War Z, starring Brad Pitt and Matthew Fox (based on the Max Brooks book), as well as real-life recent cannibal attacks in Miami and Maryland, the Centers for Disease Control is officially declaring that zombies do not exist.
So it may not be the most historically accurate movie ever made, but the highly anticipated Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, starring Benjamin Walker (pictured), Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, has already become an Internet sensation.
Abraham Lincoln is one of the most revered figures in American history, if not the most. So it's a little disquieting that two Lincoln-themed films are scheduled for release in 2012. One, a straight-up biopic directed by Steven Spielberg with Daniel Day-Lewis playing Abe, seems to have attracted the best of the best in Hollywood and will probably be pretty decent.