A new poster has been released for upcoming fantasy romp Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter , in which Benjamin Walker’s titular badass sits where his statue traditionally rests, clutching an axe and staring down the camera.
The film, directed by Wanted ’s Timur Bekmambetov, rewrites Lincoln’s childhood so that he lost his mother to a vampire when he was very small. Thoroughly embittered, Abe now spends his evenings hunting down the supernatural pests with the assistance of his trusty axe.
The movie also sees Anthony Mackie star as Lincoln’s longtime buddy William, and according to the Hurt Locker star, their dynamic is similar to that of Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours .
Mackie and Walker will be joined by a stellar supporting cast including Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Lincoln’s wife, Mary.
At this stage we can’t quite decide whether this one is going to be a fun, supernatural action flick or a slightly half-baked comedy, but the promotional material is certainly keeping us intrigued. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will open in the UK on 2 August 2012.