Abraham Lincoln is remembered as one of our nation’s most respected presidents, the emancipator of slaves and … a slayer of vampires?

This summer, the famous president is being re-imagined as a vampire hunter in the historical/horror mash-up “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” based on a novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote the popular literary/horror mash-up “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”

The film will be released on June 22 and will be produced by Tim Burton. According to the Internet Movie Database, the plot revolves around President Lincoln as he goes on a quest to eliminate vampires who are plotting to take over the United States. The movie stars Benjamin Walker as the vampire-slaying president, and Dominic Cooper as repentant vampire Henry Sturges.

Although Entertainment Weekly magazine reports the film will be taking “its Civil War-era history seriously,” viewers can anticipate the film makers also will be taking a little creative license with the period.

Lincoln will be trained how to fight vampires by Sturges, and Lincoln’s combat method likely will be a combination of international fighting styles.

“(Sturges) has been alive for an extended period of time, fighting vampires on his own,” Walker told Entertainment Weekly. “He’s a grab bag of what he’s found that works. So they were teaching me martial arts they were making up as we went. … Lincoln also incorporates what he knows, which is his ability to wield an ax.”

To watch a trailer, visit http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi724476185.

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