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.)