20th Century Fox has found their Dr. Frankenstein for their untitled Frankenstein re-imagining. Professor Charles Xavier has apparently received a doctoral degree, as X-Men: Days of Future Past star James McAvoy has secured the lead role. McAvoy won the role over Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) and Toby Kebbell (RocknRolla), both of whom screen tested for the part.
The film will be directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, Push), whom took the reins after director Shawn Levy (Real Steel) dropped out. McAvoy is joining the previously announced Daniel Radcliffe, who’ll appear as the good doctor’s assistant, Igor. Frankenstein’s monster has yet to be cast, but expect updates as filming gets underway.
Frankenstein has become quite a hot commodity in Hollywood once again, for whatever reason. On January 24, 2014, Lionsgate will release I, Frankenstein starring Aaron Eckhart, who’ll star as “Frankenstein’s creature caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.” There’s also a Frankenstein remake being developed by Guillermo del Toro, with Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness) attached to star.
The screenplay for Fox’s Untitled Frankenstein Project has been written by Max Landis, who also penned the unconventional superhero movie Chronicle. Although McAvoy has the more prominent role, it’s possible that Radcliffe is actually the main character. In an interview about the film, Landis said, “I became committed to recontextualizing it all so it all worked in one story. By the end of the day, it’s a period piece and yes, it’s from Igor’s perspective, but man it’s cool. It’s the best thing I’ve written.”
Filming should commence soon for a release sometime in 2014.