It’s been quite some time since we heard anything about 20th Centry Fox’s new adaptation of the Mary Shelley classic Frankenstein, but the last word on the project was that Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe was possibly interested in taking on a starring role. The project has been in development for a couple of years, with Shawn Levy initially attached to direct before Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, Sherlock) stepped in as his replacement last September. The pic has a script by Chronicle scribe Max Landis, and now it looks as if things with Radcliffe are actually firming up as the actor is in final talks to play Igor. Hit the jump for more.
Variety reports that Daniel Radcliffe is in final negotiations to tackle the role of Igor in Fox’s Frankenstein. The film is described as “a tale of friendship and redemption,” though previous reports pegged it as a sci-fi take on the classic story. It could very well be a sci-fi tale of friendship and redemption, but as of now we don’t have much firm confirmation on what kind of film McGuigan is putting together.
The plan is start production this fall after Radcliffe ends his run in the West End play Cripple of Irishmaan, and it sounds like a solid move for the young actor. Though Radcliffe is certainly in a high profile position given his history with the Harry Potter franchise, he’s been making moves in the series’ wake to be taken seriously as a dramatic actor. I caught Kill Your Darlings at Sundance and Radcliffe is absolutely great in it as the young poet Allen Ginsberg (a rather daring role), so look for plenty of “Harry Potter No More” headlines once that film hits theaters later this year.
With production on Frankenstein looking to begin this fall, I expect we’ll be seeing plenty more casting stories in the coming months.