Different versions of fairy tales and classic monsters have been all the rage as of late, so it’s not surprising that every studio is trying to find some new way to present characters like Cinderella, Snow White, the Wolfman, and more. Earlier this year, Fox announced that they would be working on a new take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein from ‘Chronicle’ writer Max Landis and ‘Sherlock’ director Paul McGuigan. Told from Igor’s point of view, the project found it’s lead in ‘Harry Potter’ star Daniel Radcliffe back in February, but now the filmmakers are looking to fill out the rest of the cast.
The production is currently on the hunt for their Victor Von Frankenstein and they have two top choices at the moment. Apparently Jack Huston of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and Toby Kebbell of ‘RocknRolla’ and ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ are flying out to London to meet with the director and studio executives to be evaluated for the role. While the two are currently the favorites, the report notes that the “list might be expanded, but… the decision will be made this week or next”.
Both men are excellent actors, so whichever one they go with is sure to be a good choice. However, if I had a say in the matter, I’d go with Huston. Though he is primarily known as Richard Harrow on the acclaimed HBO series, his performance in ‘Not Fade Away’ was pretty great, so I wouldn’t mind seeing him land something as big as this. Also, he has some experience with the film’s star already as he’ll be playing Jack Kerouac opposite Radcliffe’s Allen Ginsberg in ‘Kill Your Darlings’. Either way, as the report says, a decision should be coming shortly as the ball needs to get going to meet the recently announced October 17, 2014 release date. Plus, once they have their doctor, they can shift focus to the iconic monster. Maybe McGuigan will call up his ‘Sherlock’ star Benedict Cumberbatch, who has had some experience in playing the character.
What are your thoughts on Fox’s version of the classic ‘Frankenstein’ tale so far? And which actor would you prefer to see as Dr. Frankenstein? Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below.