After playing the bad guy Nero in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, Eric Bana may be looking to get back to heroics——which this time would mean some serious bloody vampire-ass-kicking.
The 42-year-old Australian actor is apparently eying 20th Century Fox's big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Grahame-Smith is also the writer of the successful novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (which will also get the movie treatment at Lionsgate) and had at one time Black Swan's Natalie Portman set to star as Elizabeth Bennet as a zombie-kicking heroine.
Bana hasn't yet landed the role of the 16th (and tallest) president of the United States (he was 6'4" and Bana is 6'3"), but The Wrap has learned that the actor's scheduled to meet with director Timur Bekmambetov very soon, and he's being seriously considered for the part of Honest Abe.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is based on some secret Abraham Lincoln diaries. The premise is that Lincoln's life was saved by a good vampire named Henry Sturges when Lincoln fought a vampire in his teenage years, which led to a friendship between the two men, with Sturges teaching Lincoln how to become a bad-ass vampire hunter. Lincoln kept diaries of his life, and those diaries were in turn given to the author by Sturges.
Bana, who's no stranger to playing historical figures, having already starred as King Henry VIII in The Other Boleyn Girl, may not have the lanky Abraham Lincoln look down like Daniel Day-Lewis (who'll also play Abe in Steven Spielberg's upcoming biopic Lincoln), but he'll have both the physicality and gravitas needed to undertake such a role.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is set to be released on June 22, 2012, and the movie will be produced by Tim Burton.
So—do you see Eric Bana as an ass-kicking vampire-hunting Abraham Lincoln?