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‘Pacific Rim’ Director Guillermo del Toro Eyes Benedict Cumberbatch for ‘Frankenstein’?

Geraint Lewis

Guillermo del Toro, always a busy man with about two dozen projects in development at once, has been working on an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ for years. And while it’s not clear just yet if he’ll ever realize his dream of making the film, he’s apparently already eyeing his lead: Benedict Cumberbatch!

The news comes from the Daily Telegraph (via The Playlist); in an interview, the ‘Pacific Rim‘ director said that he is “hoping to direct Cumberbatch again in a new film version of ‘Frankenstein.’” It’s not made clear whether or not del Toro envisions Cumberbatch, most recently seen in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’, as Dr. Frankenstein or Frankenstein’s Monster, but he’s clearly a fan of the actor, having just cast him in his upcoming horror-romance, ‘Crimson Peak.’

Ironically, Cumberbatch has experience as the mad doctor and the shambling corpse: he played both roles for Danny Boyle’s stage version last year opposite Jonny Lee Miller. Frankly, we can picture him doing either role, as he’s already proven he can play both genius and monster.

What do you think? Would you like to see a Guillermo del Toro-directed ‘Frankenstein’ starring Cumberbatch?

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