Abraham Lincoln, in the guise of actor Benjamin Walker, who portrays the 16th president in the summer movie thriller Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and the film’s cast and crew, will visit the sailors serving aboard the Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in June.
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 Read: Lincoln’s Secret Passage through Baltimore ]
In addition, the sailors will receive movie tie-in edition books, provided by Grand Central Publishing, and special graphic novels conceived by Bekmambetov.
“This is really exciting for me to meet the ABE’s crew and screen for them our film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” said Benjamin Walker. “I hope it brings them excitement, goodwill and a taste of home.”
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter puts down stakes in theaters everywhere June 22, 2012. The film explores the secret life of the president, and the untold story that shaped the nation. Filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Wanted) bring a fresh and visceral voice to the bloody lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history’s greatest hunter of the undead.
Navy Entertainment, a division of Commander, Navy Installations Command, which operates the Navy’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, brings celebrity shows to sailors deployed around the world for a taste of home.