'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' star in talks for Legendary epic

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” star Benjamin Walker is in talks to star opposite Henry Cavill in Ed Zwick’s Legendary East pic “The Great Wall,” which will be distributed by Warner Bros.

Legendary had no comment on the casting.

Zwick is directing from a script he co-wrote with Marshall Herskovitz. Legendary Pictures chairman Thomas Tull and Max Brooks conceived the supernatural story, which explores the mystery behind the construction of The Great Wall of China. Walker and Cavill (“Man of Steel”) will play 15th century British soldiers who discover that the Great Wall wasn’t built to keep out the Mongols, but rather dangerous creatures.

Pic will be produced by Zwick, Herskovitz, Tull and Legendary’s Jon Jashni, along with Atlas Entertainment’s Alex Gartner and Charles Roven. “Great Wall” will be the first film from the Legendary East banner that was launched in June by Tull and Asian investors, with the goal of producing one or two event films a year.

Walker had been slated to star opposite Bradley Cooper in Alex Proyas’ “Paradise Lost,” but Legendary pulled the plug on that pic, allowing Walker to take a lead role in Stephen Frears’ HBO telepic “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.” Thesp starred in “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” on Broadway before landing the title role in Timur Bekmambetov’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” which 20th Century Fox opens June 22.

Walker is repped by WME and Inspire Entertainment.

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