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Robin McLeavy Will Play Abe's Mom In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Back in the early years of the aughts, James Franco was one of the actors that auditioned for the role of Spider-Man in Sam Raimi's first film version of the character. The role, of course, eventually went to Tobey Maguire, but Raimi liked Franco so much that he decided to cast him as Harry Osborne, a vital role in the Spidey universe. It's something that Robin McLeavy can think about while watching Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Deadline reports that the Australian actress, after originally being in the running for the part of Mary Todd Lincoln, has signed on to play Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Abe's mother. A much smaller role than that of Abe's wife, Nancy is killed by a vampire early in the film, which leads our 16th president to go to war against all bloodsuckers. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the film also stars Benjamin Walker as Abraham, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Dominic Cooper, Jimmi Simpson, and Anthony Mackie.

Given that she is still young and at the start of her career, this should really only be a minor blip. Who knows, perhaps her scene will leave a mark that will stay with audiences as they head out the theater. Last time I checked that's how Chris Hemsworth landed the lead role in Thor.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.