Deadline is reporting that James McAvoy is in final talks to play the role of Victor Frankenstein in Fox’s upcoming take on the classic story. Daniel Radcliffe has already been cast in the film as Igor, and Paul McGuigan is directing.
Per Deadline: Fox‘s search for the right actor to play Victor Von Frankenstein alongside Daniel Radliffe’s Igor in the Paul McGuigan-directed film has ended. The studio has chosen its X-Men: First Class star James McAvoy and the dealmaking is underway. This was a coveted role, and the studio recently tested actors that included Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston, and Toby Kebbell, whose breakout was the Guy Ritchie-directed RocknRolla.
Still untitled, the film has been given a release date by Twentieth Century Fox, and that date is October 17th 2014 for the US. No date has been confirmed for the UK, but I should imagine we will get it around the same time.
Frankenstein is a new version of the story being developed by Fox, and originally the film had Shawn Levy directing. He has since left the project, and new director Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, Push, Gangster Number 1) is now taking charge. The script has been written by Chronicle’s Max Landis, and will take a sci-fi approach to the Frankenstein story about a creature produced through a scientific experiment.
Igor, The Hunchback, is described as pathologically dirty and dressed in old clown’s clothing.
Igor (spelt Ygor) is not part of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but comes from Universal’s own version of the story. He starts out in Son Of Frankenstein as a disabled blacksmith, and in Ghost Of Frankenstein has his brain transplanted into the monster.
Writer Landis has expressed an interest in exploring Igor’s character with this new film.
More as it happens…