This is really nothing more than a brief look at Benjamin Walker as the 16th President of the United States in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and while several of the assembled do seem as if they are moments away from taking their own first steps in the life beyond it’s a fairly sedate first look at Timur Bekmambetov’s film.

The New York Times talked to the director on set and clarified some of the plot points we’ll see next year and what he said hints at a far more thoughtful approach to the supernatural alternative history,

The “Vampire Hunter” film, like the book, follows Lincoln from his boyhood on the frontier through his assassination by John Wilkes Booth and — because this is a vampire story — beyond. Young Lincoln, having learned that his grandfather and mother were killed by vampires, vows to kill every last blood-sucker in a country that is crawling with them.

On realizing that vampires are tangled in the slave trade, Lincoln’s resolve grows and takes on a moral dimension. To complicate matters he also learns that the creatures come in two varieties, good and bad.

Decapitations and moral flux with stiff collars and outstanding muttonchop sideburns? Count me in. Here’s your pic.