Joaquin is cagey….Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter…..
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We are now a few months removed I’m Still Here debacle, wherein there has been plenty of talk about Joaquin Phoenix’s return to acting. Phoenix was linked to Hoover, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and Big Shoe; only Big Shoe is still in play, and that project is four months in need of a status update. The latest project hailed as the possible return of Phoenix is also the best: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
As far as I can tell, 20th Century Fox is simply trying to harness the crazy, offering Phoenix the role of vampire Henry Sturges, “a mythic, ageless figure who turns Lincoln into an axe-throwing expert slayer of vampires.” Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Fathers) was cast late last week as Lincoln. More, including a synopsis, after the jump:
Deadline is careful not to call this one a done deal. The role is “his if he wants it,” but the report cautions, “Phoenix is cagey and could decide not to go forward.” Well… yeah.
I don’t think we, the public, will allow Phoenix to return with a more subdued film like Two Lovers and pretend nothing ever happened. In that sense — the sense that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will never quite sound like a real movie — this sounds about right.
Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) will direct and co-produce with Tim Burton and Jim Lemley (9). Grahame-Smith adapted the screenplay based on his own book. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is scheduled for release June 22, 2012.
Joaquin Phoenix May Start His Comeback In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Here’s the thing I don’t think Joaquin Phoenix ever understood about his faux-documentary I’m Still Here: Audiences love it when you put one over on some unsuspecting sap. That’s why Borat did so well. On the other hand, audiences don’t love it so much when you try to make them the sap. That’s particularly when you aren’t very good at it.
While a handful of people out there will try to tell you that the past three years he spent unsuccessfully trying to trick everyone into believing he was a bearded, drug addict, rapper was worthwhile; for most of the world it was time spent destroying Joaquin’s reputation as one of the most respected actors in Hollywood Walk the Line was as long time ago and now, like it or not, Joaquin could use some career rehab. So why not get in on this whole vampire trend which won’t seem to go away? Sounds like a plan so Deadline says Joaquin is the frontrunner to co-star in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
The movie really is pretty much exactly what the title suggests, which makes the part of Abraham Lincoln the key role here. Unfortunately for Joaquin, this time he won’t be wearing the man with a beard. Instead, that role has already gone to Benjamin Walker. If he accepts the job, director Timur Bekmambetov will bring Joaquin in to play the mentor character who teaches our 16th president to kill bloodsuckers. As if he wasn’t busy enough defeating the Confederacy. Maybe General Grant was a vampire? That would explain a lot, maybe even slavery.
For now it seems like the ball is in Joaquin Phoenix’s court. We’ll let you know if he takes the job. If he doesn’t maybe Joaquin will end up in a ring with Jerry Lawler.