Phoenix to play vampire in `Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter`

Joaquin Phoenix is set to make his big screen return with Timur Bekmambetov`s movie `Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter`, where he will play a vampire.

The Oscar nominated star is in talks to play Henry Sturgess, an ageless vampire who saves Lincoln as a young boy and becomes his best friend, Huffington Post reported online.

The 36-year-old actor will be playing Sturgess, who mentors Lincoln and explains to him the history of vampirism.

Tim Burton is producing the project based on the book of the same name by Seth Grahame Smith alongside Jim Lemley and Bekmambetov.

Twice Oscar-nominated Phoenix was last seen in `Walk the Line` in 2005, but later made a mock-documentary `I`m Still Here` 2010.

The Golden Globe-winning actor "gave up acting" for a rap career in a public appearance campaign that transformed into a bizarre documentary about his breakdown and hip hop rebirth.

It all turned out to be a giant hoax, an art experiment with brother-in-law Casey Affleck that was poorly received.


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