I thought today’s vampires were all brooding pretty boys with no soul, but serious issues who are just waiting for some pretty, sullen female to rescue them from an eternity of loneliness.
In other words, douchebags.
But thankfully, movie execs have come to the realization that there is actually room at the cineplex for more than one take on the fearsome bloodsucker.
This newest attempt to drain the financial vein of vampire lovers appears to be directed away from young ladies like my wife who are Twilight-obsessed and more towards action-adventure obsessed males. This semi-historical action flick from director Timur Bekmambetov and producer Tim Burton is based on the immensely popular Seth Grahame-Smith novel of the same name.
Deadline reports that Joaquin (Is he really a nutjob or isn’t he?) Phoenix is up for the role of star Benjamin Walker’s vampire mentor Henry Sturgess, the ageless bloodsucker who trains the future 16th President of the United States in the art of vampire slaying.
Phoenix as a vampire? That part makes sense, but trying to sell him as a good vampire might be a stretch considering his public profile of late. A lot of people have forgotten just how gifted an actor Phoenix is thanks to all the hype surrounding his documentary, I’m Still Here, in which he played a crazy version of himself.
He was playing, right?
Either way, Phoenix will be have his work cut out for him if he does take on this role. For that matter, Benjamin Walker will have to really deliver the goods: Lincoln is a far cry from the hot, nubile cheerleader turned vamp killer type audiences are used to.
- Joaquin Phoenix Interested in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (screenrant.com)
- Benjamin Walker is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (screenrant.com)
- Joaquin Phoenix May Start His Comeback In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (cinemablend.com)