UPDATE: Variety is reporting that Dominic Cooper has also joined the cast of the film and will be playing Henry Sturges, a vampire who assists Lincoln in hunting down bloodsuckers.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter already stands to be a pretty great movie. Based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith (who also wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), the project has a pretty cool director in Timur Bekmambetov and a solid up-coming star in Ben Walker, who already earned rave reviews while playing a former president on Broadway in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Now the film has added yet another great piece to the puzzle. Deadline reports that Anthony Mackie, best known for his role in The Hurt Locker, has been added to the cast of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. In the film, Mackie will play Will, Honest Abe's best friend and fellow vampire hunter.

With all of the to-do that was made over Jeremy Renner's performance in The Hurt Locker - which was outstanding, don't get me wrong - I've always felt that Anthony Mackie didn't get enough credit. The guy has some serious chops, and while this film may not be the best way to show them off, it may at least get his some deserved attention.

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