So you remember how earlier this week we told you that Robin McLeavy was going to be playing Mary Todd Lincoln in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? Yeah…well, you see that’s a funny thing because now Heat Vision is reporting that the role is going Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Winstead has been on a bit of a hot-streak lately when it comes to circling high-profile projects. She was in the running for Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo (the role went to Scarlett Johansson), SHIELD Agent Maria Hill in The Avengers (the role went to How I Met Your Mother‘s Cobie Smulders), and rumored for Lois Lane in Superman (along with every other young actress in Hollywood).
Winstead, who was last seen in theaters in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, will join rising stars Benjamin Walker, Anthony Mackie, and Dominic Cooper in Timur Bekmambetov’s 3D adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel. She’ll next been seen in Matthijs van Heijningen’s remake/prequel The Thing. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is due out June 22, 2012. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel.
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. [Amazon]