Could Twentieth Century Fox harness crazy energy by offering Joaquin Phoenix the character of vampire Henry Sturges,
a mythic, ageless figure who turns Lincoln into an axe-throwing expert slayer of vampires.
What we reported before, Broadway star actor Benjamin Walker has already signed on to take the main role in the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel. So Joaquin Phoenix looks plan to mark his return to Hollywood movies in Timur Bekmambetov Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Sturgess is an ageless vampire who saves Abe as a young from a deadly creature and the pair becoming firm friends. Henry then advises Abraham, helps teaching him to the history of vampirism and trains him how to fight them.
Why Fox is trying to harness the crazy? Because twice Oscar-nominated Joaquin Phoenix (the brother of River Phoenix) has not emerged in a large movie production since Walk the Line (2005). Yes, he did make mock-documentary I’m Still Here in 2010, directed by Casey Affleck. The film met with diverse reviews, while the Guardian’s called it a
funny, convincing portrait of a miserable, frustrated actor who has lived so long in the goldfish bowl that he can no longer conceive of a life beyond acting”.
On the other side of the ocean, we won’t find it by reading The Washington Post’s critic:
But the movie is as damnably perplexing as the subject himself.”
However, Joaquin could use some vocational rehabilitation. So why not get in on this whole vampire trend to co-star in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Vampire Hunter is scheduled for release June 22, 2012. Stay tuned.