Downtown Abbey actress Jessica Brown Findlay is the latest name to be added to Universal’s untitled Frankenstein horror. She will join Daniel Radcliffe (as Igor) and James McAvoy (as Victor Frankenstein).
Variety broke the news last night, saying:
Upon departing the BBC drama, Findlay was the choice after months of tests for Akiva Goldsman’s “Winter’s Tale.” Prior to landing the part in “Frankenstein,” she was also in consideration for the female lead in the next installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
She is repped by WME, Troika, and Management 360.
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…