The first image from Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has gone online. In case you couldn’t get the plot from the title, the movie is about America’s 16th President secret life as a vampire slayer. Based off the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, the story re-imagines that Lincoln’s mother and grandfather were killed by a vampire and that the president’s resolve to end slavery was due in part to the “fact” that vampires were involved with the slave trade. However, he also learns that there are good vampires and bad vampires and that he can’t simply just kill them all willy-nilly.
Hit the jump for the image and to learn how the production is devoted to historical accuracy in this incredibly silly story. The film stars Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Alan Tudyk, Jimmi Simpson, and Refus Sewell. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in 3D on June 22, 2012.
In a lengthy story on the film’s production, The New York Times (who also provided the image above) reports that the movie “embeds Lincoln, played by Benjamin Walker, within a meticulously researched, surprisingly authentic, three-dimensional past — but with vampires.”
Production designer François Audouy is using computer effects and actual locations to blend the real and the artificial, and using Civil War maps that are actual reproductions of ones provided by the Library of Congress and Illinois state historian Thomas F. Schwartz. Schwartz, who is also contributing to the Steven Spielberg’s vampire-less Lincoln biopic, Lincoln, was a consultant on the film and advised Vampire Hunter on “how they might slip vampires into Lincoln’s story with minimal damage to the historical record.” No one has told the production that by slipping vampires into Lincoln’s story, the damage to the historical record has already been done.
And as to the design of the vampires? Bekmambetov is keeping that aspect under wraps for now as Audouy tells the Times, “The one thing I’m not supposed to talk about is the look of the vampires,” but he promises something “unexpected.” I’m expecting fangs. So if the vampires have fangs, it will be expected.