There’s five new stills from the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter movie. Everything is starting to point to this movie being a great ride.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a re-imagining of the 16th President’s life that depicts him as an axe-throwing, highly accomplished killer of vampires — an obsession of his since those bloodsuckers supposedly took the life of his mother. Lincoln eventually learns that the vampires have fled to the southern states of the U.S. and are concocting a plan to conquer and enslave the entire country — this in turn leads to the Civil War between the Union and the Confederacy, the latter of which the vampires are aligned with.
The majority of the stills in this set show an early scene from the film, young Lincoln has journeyed to Louisiana to rescue a friend — a freed black man named William Johnson (The Hurt Locker‘s Anthony Mackie), who’s been captured by a group of Southern vampires.
You see vampires of that time liked the idea of slavery, for them, it turns plantations into a grocery market and backyard feeding ground. The Confederacy and slave owning states were like an all-you-can-eat Sizzler buffet for those bloodsuckers looking to feed with little to no consequences.
Grahame-Smith (Author of the book) built this part of the story around true-life accounts of Lincoln’s visits to Louisiana as a young man, where he was disgusted by the sight of blacks being chained together and whipped, and his early abolitionist feelings began to form.
“In the movie, it’s a similar experience, seeing it all for the first time, and choosing how he’s going to deal with it from that point on — whether it be entering into politics, or whether it be sharpening his axe,” Walker the movie’s director says.
As you can see, Abe’s first big fight doesn’t go well at first. Young Lincoln is soon overpowered by two vampires, played by Rufus Sewell (kneeling) and supermodel Erin Wasson (seated on top of him).
“It’s the first time in the movie he has had to exercise his skills on his own. He’s choosing his new targets, and choosing how to use these new found skills. Who knows if he will be successful?” Walker says with a laugh: “I mean, we do …”
The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on June 22th, 2012.
Via: Entertainment Weekly