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.)