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Benjamin Walker Talks 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight,' Discusses The Wushu Aspects Of The Aborted 'Paradise Lost' Adaptation

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 19, 2012 10:17 AM
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One of the crucial aspects of this Friday's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" was seeing a fresh face in the lead role, allowing him to become the bloodsucker-loathing President. However, the anonymity of Benjamin Walker, who stars as the axe-swinging badass, isn't expected to last, with the thesp involved in a number of high-profile projects.

Watch: 3 New Clips From 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Plus Ear Ruining Linkin Park Scored Music Trailer

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 18, 2012 12:59 PM
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After its initial run of promotional material consisted of grandiose proclamations set over slo-mo glimpses of bloody vampire killing, three new clips from “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” have surfaced, and… surprise, surprise, more of the same on display.

Zhang Ziyi Courted For Ed Zwick's 'The Great Wall,' Filming Pushed To Spring 2013

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 11, 2012 10:24 AM
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As a youth, Ed Zwick must have really enjoyed history class as films with a period setting and/or stories set to the backdrop of war or conflict are a recurring theme in his work. Despite a gear change with "Love And Other Drugs" in 2010, Zwick looks to be returning to his bread and butter with "The Great Wall," a China-set historical epic.

Alexander Skarsgard Or Benjamin Walker Will Join Henry Cavill In 'The Great Wall'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 1:47 PM
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So which unproven movie actor will join another untested thesp in a period movie about the the Great Wall Of China? That's right, this has all the ingredients of a SMASH HIT.

History Only Remembers A "Fraction Of The Truth" In New 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Trailer

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 18, 2012 8:29 AM
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2012 could be best remembered as the year when Hollywood got cold feet and backed away from its newest stars-in-the-making. To wit: While the Internet and the movie-blog industry loves Tom Hardy, the Weinstein Company knows the signal to noise ratio just doesn't match and they bumped "The Wettest County" (a prohibition drama that Hardy stars in) in the release schedule until, after "The Dark Knight Rises" (Hardy is the main villain), hoping the immense popularity of that picture will only help the awareness of the limited release drama centering on three brothers who run an illegal moonshine operation.

Benjamin Walker, Tom Hiddleston, Lily Collins, Bella Heathcote & Jessica Brown Findlay Testing For Akiva Goldsman's 'Winter's Tale'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 29, 2012 10:25 AM
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While he may draw the critical scorn of fanboys everywhere with even the mention of his name, and rightfully so after penning the screenplays for the weak “Batman Forever” and disastrous “Batman & Robin,” screenwriter Akiva Goldsman still holds a lot of clout in Hollywood. That’s what one earns when they write behemoth blockbusters that span multiple genres, such as “I Am Legend” or “A Beautiful Mind,” as well as help usher in franchises with the likes of “The Da Vinci Code.” It was reported all the way back in February of 2011 that Goldsman would be lensing his directorial debut “Winter’s Tale," but at the beginning of this month it looked as if Goldsman called in some favors to his famous friends after the production hit some budgetary speed bumps, landing “I Am Legend” star Will Smith and “A Beautiful Mind” actor Russell Crowe in supporting roles. About $20 million was shaved off the budget and the project gained some much needed steam, so it pays to have friends in high places.

Benjamin Walker Joins Stephen Frears' 'Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight'; Archival Footage To Be Used To Portray Famed Boxer

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 16, 2012 9:17 AM
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Benjamin Walker burst onto the radar of many when he was cast as Beast in Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class,” before subsequently being ousted for age reasons and replaced by Nicholas Hoult. Walker wasted little time finding more high-profile work, hopping aboard the recently defunct Alex Proyas tentpole “Paradise Lost” along with landing the lead role in the Tim Burton-produced, Timur Bekmambetov-directed mashup fest “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

Akiva Goldsman Looking At Tom Hiddleston & Benjamin Walker To Lead Directorial Debut 'Winter's Tale'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 7, 2011 10:00 AM
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First up is "Winter's Tale," set to mark the big-screen directorial debut of Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning writer of "A Beautiful Mind," and smack-deserving writer of "Batman & Robin" and "The Da Vinci Code." Announced back in February, the film sees Goldsman tackle Mark Helprin's much-praised 1983 novel of the same name, which follows an orphan on the run from a criminal gang, who breaks into a New York mansion, only to fall in love with a dying woman, with reincarnation, apocalypse, rainbow bridges and a flying white horse all cropping up as well. It's something of a passion project for the screenwriter, who's been attached since 2009, and he spent the weekend performing some chemistry reads with some young talent for the lead roles.

Benjamin Walker Heads To 'Paradise Lost' As Michael; Pic Will Feature Battles In Heaven, Hell & Eden

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 3:02 AM
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Say hello to Benjamin Walker because, even though he may not be a household name just yet, he's certainly well on his way. The actor who featured in small roles in films like "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Kinsey" got a major career boost, snagging the lead in Timur Bekmambetov's forthcoming "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," launching him onto the Hollywood radar. He was among the many early candidates for "The Bourne Legacy," and while he won't be flexing his muscle in that franchise, it's not a big deal, because he's just bagged a major tentpole.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund Among Candidates For 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2011 2:36 AM
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Taylor Kitsch & Kellan Lutz Also In The RunningUpdate: Deadline reveals a few more names in contention: Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer and Benjamin Walker. So basically, everybody.

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