According to Variety, Rufus Sewell will join previously announced Anthony Mackie and Benjamin Walker in 20th Century Fox's 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.' Sewell will star as the main vampire villian while Mackie will play Lincoln's vampire slaying friend, 'Will.' Also set to co-star are Dominic Cooper, Alan Tudyk, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, and Robin McLeavy.
Seth Grahame-Smith will write the screeplay for the movie, and Timur Bekmambetov is set to direct. Aiming for a release in June of 2012, the film is about 'the president's quest to rid the world of vampires, presented as part of the conflict behind the Civil War.'
Sewell has appeared in The Woodlanders, Dangerous Beauty, Dark City, A Knight's Tale, The Illusionist, Tristan and Isolde, and Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence. On television, he starred in the 2010 mini-series The Pillars of the Earth. Earlier he played the hero, Will Ladislaw, in the BBC adaptation of George Eliot's Middlemarch. In 2003, he appeared in the lead role in Charles II: The Power and The Passion. He starred in the CBS drama Eleventh Hour which was cancelled in April 2009.
On stage, he originated the role of Septimus Hodge in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia and the role of Jan in Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, which earned him an Olivier Award and a Tony Award nomination for the latter performance.