The Potential Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunters Line Up

Remember that last season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in which a cadre of possible new Slayers came to Sunnydale? I'm often put in mind of those "potentials" when I see these lists of auditioning actors on the trade sites – the girls who might be in Batman, the guys who might be Spider-Man. But never has framing these actors as slayer potentials been quite so apt as tonight, when Deadline published their list of chaps auditioning for the lead in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

This is one of the hottest projects in town, and Fox went to great lengths to land it. Timur Bekmambetov is directing from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith, adapting his own novel. The premise is pretty straightforward: Abraham Lincoln hunts vampires, and the slave-owners that harbour them. In 3D.

Here are the guys who will be trying out over the next week or so.

Benjamin Walker

James D'Arcy

Adrien Brody

Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Josh Lucas

I would say that it's Benjamin Walker's job to lose, particularly with his in-built association to presidency.