2012’s most ludicrous-sounding film has released a new batch of images (perhaps to convince people that yes, this film really does exist) featuring the 16th President of the United States tooling up to fight the undead.
The new images show Lincoln (Ben Walker) brandishing his trusty axe, as well as Rufus Sewell and Erin Wasson turning the tables on our stovepipe-wearing hero.
The film rewrites the backstory of one of America’s great leaders to assert that Lincoln’s mother was killed by supernatural beasties. Vowing revenge, the President uses his precious spare time to slay the undead, aided and abetted by his assistant William Johnson (Anthony Mackie).
However, according to Walker the film will be more than just splatter and silliness – it will also give an insight into Lincoln’s character.
“It’s told through the structure of Lincoln’s actual life,” he says. “You not only see these huge fight scenes and great moments of drama, but you get sort of the greatest hits of Lincoln’s life, from the mysterious death of his mother through the Gettysburg address. You get a portrait of this man, as well as a thriller.”
And vampires, Ben. Don’t forget the vampires. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in the UK on 2 August 2012.