Stuart Beattie’s adaptation of the graphic novel ‘I, Frankenstein’ just snagged its female lead. ‘Chuck’ star Yvonne Strahovski is set to play opposite Aaron Eckhart (‘The Dark Knight’) in the action monster film. Miranda Otto, best known as Eowyn in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films and Bill Nighy (‘Shaun of the Dead’) are also set to star.
‘I, Frankenstein’ is based on an upcoming graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, co-creator of the ‘Underworld’ film franchise. The story follows Adam, the “monster” created by Doctor Victor Frankenstein and his adventures in the fictional city of Dark Haven. Adam, through an unusual genetic defect, has survived into modern times. Adam now makes a living as a private investigator. During one of his investigations, Adam gets caught up in a war between humanity and a race of demons. The demons take a particular interest in Adam in an attempt to build an undead army of their own. The story also features other literary monsters like Dracula, the Invisible Man, and Dr. Jeckyl/Mr. Hyde. The comic is to be published by ‘Darkstorm Studios’ and releases in late 2011.
The film adaptation of the graphic novel is written and directed by Stuart Beattie who has written for genre films with ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’ and the ‘Pirates of the Carribean’ franchise. Aaron Eckhart, who played Two-Face in ‘The Dark Knight’ is set to play Adam (the monster). Bill Nighy is set to play the leader of the invading demons.
Yesterday it was confirmed that Yvonne Strahovski and Miranda Otto will be joining the cast. Strahovski (‘Chuck’) will play the role of a scientist who is studying and attempting to resurrect the dead. She is tricked by the demons into helping them to create their undead army. Otto will play the Queen of the gargoyles that will help Adam in his battles against the demons. Strahovski is now wrapping up her filming on the final season of ‘Chuck’ before heading to Australia for the filming of ‘I, Frankenstein’.
‘I, Frankenstein’ is filming in Victoria, Australia this winter and set to release on February 22, 2013.