The proverbial All Stars of the British Isles are teaming up to tackle one of England’s most revered and oft-adapted stories: that of Frankenstein and his famous monster. James McAvoy will portray Frankenstein himself, with Daniel Radcliffe as his helpful servant Igor, and both will be supported by a strong cast of veteran UK actors including Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay, Sherlock‘s Andrew Scott, and Game of Thrones‘ Charles Dance.
The movie seems to take a note out of the Downey-as-Sherlock book, replacing the somber, often bleakly philosophical tones of the source material and injecting it with playful banter and dry British wit, balanced between ghastly monsters in explosive action scenes. Judging from the trailer, multiple undead creatures will likely be featured in the film, tweaking the story ever so slightly as seems to be the requirement for any Frankenstein movie.
While the cast will likely make for an above average movie, here’s hoping that the new twist on an old story will end in originality and not flop as another formulaic, faux-edgy reanimated zombie of an older film that the 21st Century has so far been so proficient at pumping out.
Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man — and the legend — we know today.
Victor Frankenstein will open in theaters on November 25, 2015.