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Joaquin Phoenix May Next Pretend to Kill Vampires

Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to appear in Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as the man who trains Lincoln (the recently cast Benjamin Walker) in how to kill bloodsuckers (the Giles to Walker's Buffy, if you will). It would be Phoenix's first part since he announced that his "retirement" from acting was just a ruse perpetrated for the faux-umentary I'm Still Here. Presumably his experience on that film will at least enable him to advise costume designers on how to build Lincoln the gnarliest beard ever. [Deadline]