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Eric Bana Starring in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

By December 19, 2010

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Eric Bana photoEric Bana can do an American accent but can he play one of America's most beloved presidents? Apparently so, according to The Wrap who reports Bana's just about to meet with director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) about taking on the lead role in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Bana's got the build to play Lincoln, can handle action scenes, and has enough of a following to generate some addition interest in watching a big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's bestselling book. Tim Burton's producing the project which is set up at 20th Century Fox. The studio's aiming for a June 22, 2012 release which means filming needs to get underway fairly quickly on the project.

From the book publisher's website:
Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness." "My baby boy..." she whispers before dying. Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire. When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years. Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.
Bana's also linked to By Virtue Fall with Jeremy Renner and has Joe Wright's Hanna with Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan hitting theaters in April. He was also just mentioned as being potentially involved in Kin with Olivia Wilde.

(Photo of Eric Bana by Scott Barbour / Getty Images)

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