Casting Call: Jimmi Simpson Joins ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER; Kate Mara and Treat Williams Sign on to BLACKBIRD

     February 25, 2011

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We have a couple of quick casting stories for you this morning.  First up, Jimmi Simpson (Date Night) has joined the cast of Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterVariety reports that Simpson will be playing Lincoln’s right-hand man.  While I’m sure he’ll do a fine job assisting Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) in his political/vampire-slaying duties, I’ll continue to struggle seeing Simpson as anyone other than the creepy McPoyle brother he plays on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter also stars Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.  Shooting is expected to begin next month.  The film is due out in 3D on June 22, 2012.  Hit the jump for news on Kate Mara and Treat Williams joining Blackbird.

127 Hours co-stars Kate Mara and Treat Williams have signed on to join the cast of the indie crime thriller Blackbird.  The film stars Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde as sibling fugitives who cross paths with a young convict boxer (Charlie Hunnam).  Kris Kristofferson and Sissy Spacek will play the boxer’s parents.  According to Variety, “Williams and Mara will play a father-daughter duo whose storyline intertwines with the main plot.”

Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) will direct from a script by Zach Dean.  Production is scheduled to begin next month in Montreal.

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