Actor Jason Vail, plays one of the lead characters, John Wilkinson, in a new feature produced by The Asylum called, "Abraham Lincoln Vs Zombies" starring Bill Oberst Jr in the title role. As Abraham Lincoln labors over the Gettysburg address, he learns that a menace from his past has returned, threatening to tear the already fractured nation to pieces. He must journey behind enemy lines to face a foe far more fearsome than the Confederate army: the walking dead. Vail plays one of the lead characters, John Wilkinson, one of Lincoln's personal Secret Service that accompany Lincoln on his mission to Fort Pulaski, a Confederate stronghold outside of Savannah, GA. "Wilkinson was a complex role..." says Vail. "Not only was it physically demanding but it is learned that Wilkinson was a seasoned stage actor before joining the Union Army. It was important that I embodied his speech and mannerisms to distinguish him as a man who comes from such a background as opposed to the typical field military man of the 1860's." He goes on, "For me the best part of the character was that he is revealed to have a wicked secret; he is not entirely who and what he appears to be! But to find out, you'll have to rent the DVD."
Prior to "Abraham Lincoln Vs Zombies" Vail recently starred in indie feature, "Gut" by filmmaker Elias that is not yet released. Vail played the lead role of Tom, a married business man who's marriage has lost its spark detaching him from reality until his child hood friend turns him onto a disturbing video and unspeakable problems begin to ensue. But it was his role in Seth Grahame-Smith's Moby nominated "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" book trailer as the Vampire John Wilkes Booth that he is most known for. Produced two years ago in by Hachette Book Group. The book trailer, which appeared on the web back in February of 2010, now has nearly a million and a half views on Youtube and counting. The book trailer was reported* to have inspired Tim Burton to produce the feature film version which also comes out later this year. You can watch Jason Vail perform opposite BIll Oberst Jr. in, "Abraham Lincoln Vs Zombies" on May 22, 2012, world wide release through Netflix, Blockbuster, Red Box, Amazon and other video providers.
Release Date: May 22nd, 2012 (DVD).
Directed by: Richard Schenkman.
Writers: Richard Schenkman, Karl Hirsch and Lauren Proctor.
Producers: David Michael Latt, David Rimawi and Paul Bales.
Cast: Bill Oberst, Jr., Jason Vail, Baby Norman, and Don McGraw.
* As reported by the Hollywood Reporter online The Hollywood Reporter
Tim Burton to produce 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' March 2, 2010
"Lincoln" is not set up anywhere but Burton and Bekmambetov, who are
not attached to direct, hope to change that soon. One of the factors that
cemented the filmmakers' interest was a peek at an in-house trailer for
the book made by Grand Central.
Jason Vail's IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/
The Asylum's Website: http://www.theasylum.cc/
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/