Daniel Radcliffe will star in the latest feature film adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic sci-fi novel Frankenstein. Hollywood has churned out several films based on this quintessential Gothic horror tale, and it may be hard to imagine any fresh new ways to interpret the story. But filmmakers have come up with an intriguing angle. This adaptation will be told from the perspective of Igor (Radcliffe), the hunchbacked lab assistant to the young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein.
Although Igor is a memorable supporting character from the franchise, he was not mentioned in the original novel. He was invented, many years later, for the Universal film adaptations in the 1930s. The storyline will explore Igor's dark background and his redemptive friendship with Frankenstein, played by James McAvoy of X-Men: First Class.
Daniel Radcliffe was quoted by Screen Rant as saying: "I think our Frankenstein is a really kind of rip-roaring, fun adventure movie version of Frankenstein. I would really struggle to class it as horror. I think there are horror elements to it and nods to previous versions of Frankenstein, but it's much more a film about—the thing that I hope will make it stand out—the relationship between James's character and me."
The cast also includes Jessica Brown Findlay (Winter's Tale), Mark Gatiss (Game of Thrones), Daniel Mays (Nanny McPhee Returns) and Andrew Scott, best known for playing Jim Moriarty on Sherlock.
The film was directed by Paul McGuigan, best known in recent years for directing TV series such as Sherlock and Scandal. The screenplay was written by Max Landis, who wrote the 2012 sci-fi feature Chronicle.
Victor Frankenstein will hit theaters on Oct. 2, 2015.
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