Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, 'Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter,' (which is about exactly what it sounds like) is the basis for a Twentieth Century Fox-adapted film aiming at a June 22, 2012 release. Now the Tim Burton-produced and Timur Bekmambetov-directed movie needs a leading vamp, and they've apparently set their sites on 'Inception' star Tom Hardy.
Hardy broke onto the scene in Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Bronson' where he proved he was a force to be reckoned with. He's been offered the role of Henry Sturges in the historical horror flick about Lincoln. A young Honest Abe has set out to avenge his mother's mysterious death (from "milk sickness" -- ew) after learning it was the work of a local vampire. America's president grows tenacious about killing vamps everywhere and is schooled in the art of undead combat by Sturges, who aids Abe on his blood-thirsty quest.
It might seem like an odd Role for Hardy, but if anyone can do it he can. 'Bronson' demonstrated the actor could exude raw physicality -- making him a believable bloodsucker -- and his career is nothing short of versatile. Hardy's had parts in everything from 'Oliver Twist' and 'Wuthering Heights' to British gangster flicks like 'RocknRolla' and 'Layer Cake.'
If the rumors are true (and we're kind of doubting he'd take this role on anyway ... ) is this the direction you'd choose for the bright-eyed talent or will 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' be the film that drives a stake through the heart of Hardy's promising career?