Joaquin Phoenix is still a wanted man in Hollywood. Even after his pseudo-retirement for the documentary I’m Still Here, he’s managed to keep producers and directors interested in him. Why, you ask? Because the man has chops! He can actually act. He didn’t get nominated for two Oscars for nothing. According to Deadline, Phoenix is being courted to star alongside Benjamin Walker in the highly anticipated action-horror film, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

The site reports that Phoenix is the frontrunner for the part of Henry Sturgess. He’s a fictional character who teaches the 16th president to kill vampires. Sturgess saved Lincoln’s life when he battled a vampire as a teenager, and the two became fast friends. Sturgess teaches Lincoln about the history of vampires, trains him in combat, and sends the president to hunt and kill evil vampires.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a fictionalized creation of the former U.S President which mixes historical events with fantasy. The book was written by Seth Grahame-Smith, who is known for his ability to blend classic figures and properties with old school horror elements. In the book and the film Lincoln is re-imagined as an axe-throwing, highly trained vampire assassin.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is scheduled to hit theaters on June 22, 2012.

Do you think Phoenix should take on the role of Henry Sturgess?