Thanks to Natalie Portman, David O. Russel and Mike White having to leave Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for a variety of reasons, Seth Grahame-Smith's first foray into Hollywood hasn't exactly gone according to plan. But while that project is struggling to keep itself together, one of his other books just landed its star.

Josh Dickey, Film Editor over at Variety, has tweeted that Ben Walker has officially been cast as the titular character in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Walker was one of the candidates alongside Adrien Brody, Timothy Olyphant, Josh Lucas, James D'Arcy, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Primarily known for his work on Broadway, Walker made headlines last year when he decided to turn down the role of Hank McCoy/Beast in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class. Based on the novel and screenplay by Grahame-Smith, the project is being directed by Timur Bekmambetov.

From everything I've heard, Walker is a great young talent, and this could be a really fun breakout role. Still, after spending years on the cast list of Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincon biopic, I was really hoping that Liam Neeson would take the part. I suppose that's just the way things work.

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