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Devil's Double Boosts Dominic Cooper to Juicy Role in Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 10, 2011 at 8:55AM

Never has Sundance's power as a crucible for emerging talent been more obvious than this year. Not only did Elizabeth Olsen and Brit Marling ignite film careers, but Brit Dominic Cooper's showy two-hander opposite himself in The Devil's Double (acquired by Lionsgate) has boosted him into final talks for a starring role in Timur Bekmambetov's Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Fox's current-day movie adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith from his novel, reports Variety. Cooper offered stalwart support in Tamara Drewe, An Education and History Boys.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Never has Sundance's power as a crucible for emerging talent been more obvious than this year. Not only did Elizabeth Olsen and Brit Marling ignite film careers, but Brit Dominic Cooper's showy two-hander opposite himself in The Devil's Double (acquired by Lionsgate) has boosted him into final talks for a starring role in Timur Bekmambetov's Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Fox's current-day movie adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith from his novel, reports Variety. Cooper offered stalwart support in Tamara Drewe, An Education and History Boys.

No, it's not THE title role--Benjamin Walker got that. Cooper will play "Henry." Anthony Mackie is also in final talks. Producers are Tim Burton and Jim Lemley; the film is set for 2012 release. (Poaching The Wrap's Jeff Sneider, who used to work at Variety, may have been a smart move; Variety has been getting more casting scoops lately.)


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.