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Benjamin Walker and Dominic Cooper appear in a still from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. - Provided courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' screens film for deployed troops

06/15/2012 by Olivia Allin

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" made an unconventional debut with a screening for troops deployed in the Middle East.

The movie, which is slated for release on June 22, was screened to over 1800 sailors aboard the Navy aircraft carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln, which is stationed in the Middle East. Several of the film's stars attended the screening, including Anthony Mackie, Erin Wasson and Benjamin Walker, who dressed in character as Abraham Lincoln.

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" shows 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln in his quest to eliminate vampires, after he discovers their plot to take over the United States.

The film stars Benjamin Walker ("Flags of Our Fathers") as a rather convincing Abraham Lincoln and Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") as Mary Todd Lincoln. Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Rufus Sewell and supermodel Erin Wasson also appear in the movie.

The screening marks the first time that a major motion picture made its debut for United States servicemen and women, according to Fox News.

Following the film, the cast and crew signed autographs, posed for photos and distributed top hats, vampire fangs and the 2010 book that the film is based on, written by Seth Grahame-Smith.

Grahame-Smith, who also wrote the film's screenplay that the experience of showing the film for troops was "life-changing."

"I know that sounds like something you're supposed to say to be polite, but it is true," Grahame-Smith told Fox News. "Not because we got to stand on the flight deck and have our teeth rattled by afterburners, or because the sailors made up one of the most hospitable and enthusiastic audiences I have ever seen, but because we got to meet some of the most amazing, talented, hard-working and hospitable people in the world during our stay."

"After landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln and spending time with the brave and committed men and women of the United States Navy, it is clear that vampires don't stand a chance," producer Jim Lemley said.

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" will open in theaters on June 22. Watch the trailer below.

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