British actor Rufus Sewell has bagged the role of lead vampire villain Adam in
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
He'll star opposite Benjamin Walker as the vamp-busting president and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the first lady, as well as fellow Brit Dominic Cooper who's playing Abe's mentor.
Sewell has a rich history of playing caddish villains, in the likes of
A Knight's Tale
The Legend of Zorro
The actor also gained a little American history experience with a small role in HBO's superior drama series,
His casting comes fairly late in the day, as director Timur Bekmambetov has already started shooting the historical fantasy, with an eye to a summer 2012 release.
The film is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's bestselling novel, which reimagines vampirism as the primary cause behind the Civil War.