On this Memorial Day, we Americans remember the heroes who have made the biggest of sacrifices to keep our nation free. In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, that includes preserving the Union from Vampires who wish to overthrow the country and create their own nation. We are very excited about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter here at Word of the Nerd, especially because the book on which the film is based is the first selection for the new Word of the Nerd Book Club. In just under one month, the film, penned by the book's author Seth Grahame-Smith and directed by Timbur Bekmambetov, will be hitting theaters. A third theatrical trailer was released today, and this one is a doozy. Featuring more history, speeches, and a good look at the film's villain, a vampire named Adam, played by Rufus Sewell, this clip is sure to get everyone excited for the movie.
Benjamin Walker plays Abraham Lincoln, who as a child suffered the loss of his mother Nancy Hanks Lincoln, and in this alternate history created by author Smith, her death was due to vampirism. The young Abe goes on a quest to learn the truth about his mother's death and to combat a growing army of vampires, led by Adam, who wish to create a nation for themselves. The book on which the film is based was wildly successful, and there has been hype for this movie for months. 2012 is apparently the year of Lincoln-centered cinema, as Steven Spielberg's aptly titled Lincoln will be released later this year. To coincide with the release of the trailer, today the filmmakers have announced that a special screening will be held for the sailors aboard the Naval aircraft carrier U.S.S Abraham Lincoln.
As history's most beloved U.S. president and, according to the movie, its greatest hunter of the undead, Walker will be joined aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln by co-stars Anthony Mackie and Erin Wasson, as well as by the film's director Timur Bekmambetov, screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith and producer Jim Lemley. Walker will introduce a special screening of ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER for the thousands of sailors serving on the carrier, and the cast and filmmakers will distribute Lincolnesque top hats, as well as fangs - tools that will help the sailors decide, in the words of one of the film's promotional taglines, if they're patriots or vampires.Also starring Dominic Cooper, Alan Tudyk, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Anthony Mackie, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter will stake its claim at the box office on June 22.
This article originally appeared on Word of the Nerd Online on Monday, May 28.