A couple weeks ago it was announced that Benjamin Walker would play the title role in the film adaptation of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. Now we’re hearing that his sidekick and most trusted pal has also been cast, and it’s none other than Anthony Mackie. We guess he’s the go-to guy when it comes to being a friend in high stake situations. Get it “stake?”
According to Deadline, Mackie is in talks to play Lincoln’s best friend Will, who happens to be at the center of the vampire slayings. The part is described as a “good one” that will hopefully add more fuel to the Mackie PR machine. Even though Jeremy Renner got the majority of the shine from The Hurt Locker, we felt that Mackie was sadly overlooked. He’s a talented actor and if he makes the right decisions he can have a great future in this business.
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.
What do you think of Anthony Mackie joining Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?