Daniel Radcliffe Reveals the ‘Frankenstein’ and Igor We Thought We Knew
Aside from his upcoming performance as Allen Ginsberg in ‘Kill Your Darlings‘ (a movie in which he has a much talked-about gay sex scene with Dane DeHaan) and the false rumor about him playing Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic, Daniel Radcliffe had his first days of rehearsals for a new ‘Frankenstein‘ movie. No, this is not anything like ‘I, Frankenstein.’ In fact, the actor opened up about the project, providing a few nuggets on this mysterious new rendition.
James McAvoy (‘X-Men: Days of Future Past‘) plays the title role opposite Radcliffe’s Igor, and, speaking with SiriusXM, these two are not the same characters we know from Mary Shelley’s original novel or past film adaptations.
[Screenwriter Max Landis] taken the mythologies that we all think we know — we have this idea of a monster and a crazy scientist and kind of a hunchbacked assistant — but we don’t really know where all these parts came from … I think what Max has done with this is first of all he’s given Igor a backstory which you never really see before … And so, that’s I think one of the biggest differences is that you’ll finally see him granted a life and a backstory and it’s about these two young guys at the forefront of science.
“It’s the most original script I’ve read coming out of a studio since finishing ‘Potter,’” he continued. That’s a bold statement! However, to Landis’ credit, he did bring us the found-footage superhero hit that was ‘Chronicle,’ starring Radcliffe’s ‘Kill Your Darlings’ co-star.
This version of ‘Frankenstein’ is directed by Paul McGuigan (who
helmed a number of TV shows, though fanboys will know him for directing ‘Push’ with Chris Evans) and also stars Jessica Brown of ‘Downton Abbey’ as the female lead, Lauralie. However, if this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, there’s always Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation to think about. Or even the previously mentioned train wreck-looking ‘I, Frankenstein.’ Your pick!