This definitely isn’t your father’s Frankenstein. Neither is this Mel Brooks’ nor Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein. For some, this won’t be Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein either. Told from Igor’s perspective, Paul McGuigan’s Victor Frankenstein begins with the troubled young assistant’s dark origins through his life-saving friendship with the young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein, played by James McAvoy, and the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man who created the legend we know today. “As much as the monster is his creation, Igor is his creation as well,” explains McAvoy.
Daniel Radcliffe, who stars as Igor, also narrates the gothic classic, telling of how he was living in a time of innovation and progress. This was a time where scientists pushed the limits of what was possible. Victor Frankenstein takes us out of familiar Victorian London and into the dark, gothic world inhabited by Victor Von Frankenstein where he is experimenting with the ‘unthinkable.’
In addition to McAvoy and Harry Potter‘s Daniel Radcliffe, Victor Frankenstein boasts a very recognizable cast that, fortunately, all happen to be brilliant. Andrew Scott (Moriarty) is reunited with fellow Sherlock actors Louise Brealey (Molly Hooper) and Mark Gatiss (Mycroft Holmes), Downton Abbey‘s Lady Sybil, Jessica Brown Findlay, stars as Lorelei, and Ashes to Ashes‘ Daniel Mays, who can also be seen in the forthcoming Dad’s Army reboot, as Barnaby in this new twist on the retelling of Mary Shelley’s 19th century masterpiece.
Victor Frankenstein is set for release in both UK and U.S. cinemas in late Fall 2015.