From Abraham Lincoln, to the Archangel Michael, actor Benjamin Walker is having one hell of a run. The star of the upcoming film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has, according to Deadline, joined the cast of the equally intriguing Paradise Lost.
Director Alex Proyas revealed that Walker will join the film’s star, Bradley Cooper, in Paradise Lost, which takes on the legendary Milton story that follows the battle between Michael and Cooper’s Lucifer. The film shoots this January, and will have a script worked on by Stuart Hazeldine, Lawrence Kasdan, and with a recent draft from Ryan Condal.
The New York Times has our very first official look at just how accurate director Timur Bekmambetov is aiming for in his adaptation of the alternate history action/horror, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
In the image, which can be seen above (click to go a little larger; no high-quality version has been released yet), you’ll see star Benjamin Walker (X-Men: First Class) in full Abraham Lincoln costume making a speech. Walker, who’s not even 30 years of age yet, appears to make a decent Lincoln (from a distance), indicating some strong makeup work on the film.
The cast for Matthew Vaughn‘s adaptation of the comic book series X-Men: First Class has been moving at a furious pace lately, with new announcements and rumors popping up left and right.
Things began with a couple of big bangs with the announcements that James McAvoy would be playing a young Professor Xavier and Michael Fassbender would be playing a young Magneto.
After that, casting moved on to the actors who would be taking on youthful versions of many popular X-Men characters. We first heard that Benjamin Walkerwould be playing Beast in the movie, but that has since changed when he decided it would be better to stick with playing Andrew Jackson on Broadway. Interesting choice, no doubt. It has since been revealed that Nicholas Hoult would be taking his place in the role. Hoult has appeared in movies like About a Boy, Clash of the Titans, and the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road.
Not too long after finding out thatWanted and Atonement star James McAvoy would be taking on the younger version of Patrick Stewart’s Professor Xavier role in X-Men: First Class, words came around that Michael Fassbender might just be playing Magneto.
The delay with that casting was that the actor had to choose between Magneto — played so very well by Ian McKellen in Bryan Singer’s X-Men and X2: X-Men United — and playing one of the villains in Sony’s reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. It’s unknown which villain he might of played, but many suspect it would have been the Lizard.
According to reports, Fassbender appears to have chosen to side with X-Men. The actor has entered into negotiations to play the role, which will see him becoming the younger Magneto when he was very close with McAvoy’s Professor X character. The story will revolve around this aspect of their relationship, when their views pushed them apart, and Xavier’s development of his school for gifted mutants.
The cast for Marvel Studios’ X-Men: First Class is adding another new name. It’s being reported that director Matthew Vaughn has found his Beast, and that the character will be played by Benjamin Walker.
Walker is a relatively unknown, but has been in films like Kinsey, where he played the young title character portrayed for the most part by Liam Neeson, as well as Clint Eastwood’s World War II drama, Flags of Our Fathers. He’s also making a lot of waves in a theatrical production titled Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by the Public Theater.