Daniel Radcliffe in Final Talks to Play Igor in Fox’s Sci-Fi ‘Frankenstein’

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Daniel Radcliffe Igor Frankenstein Daniel Radcliffe in Final Talks to Play Igor in Foxs Sci Fi Frankenstein

Since rising to global fame as the star of the multi-billion dollar Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe has been very selective about his acting choices. Most recently, Radcliffe starred as Allen Ginsberg in the Sundance hit Kill Your Darlings, and the actor has also had a successful theatrical career in London’s West End.

Now it would appear that Radcliffe is continuing his trend of interesting character choices. According to reports, the 23-year-old actor is in final negotiations to star as Igor in Fox’s revisionist take on Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein. For those who are unfamiliar with the story, Igor is the hunchbacked assistant to Dr. Frankenstein. (Interestingly, the character isn’t in the novel, but was created for Universal’s 1931 Frankenstein film and was first named Fritz.)

Variety was the first to report Radcliffe’s involvement in the film, though he was first rumored for the role several months ago. According to previous reports, in this version of Frankenstein, Igor will be “pathologically dirty and dressed in old clown clothing,” which sounds like the stuff of nightmares.

The movie, which was written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and will be directed by Paul McGuigan (Push), will be told from Igor’s perspective and have more of a sci-fi spin than previous adaptations. The film will also deal with themes of friendship and redemption.

Igor in Young Frankenstein Daniel Radcliffe in Final Talks to Play Igor in Foxs Sci Fi Frankenstein

Igor in Mel Brooks’ ‘Young Frankenstein’

Fox’s adaptation is only one of many Frankenstein movies that is currently in development. Lionsgate has I, Frankenstein, an adaptation of Kevin Grevioux’s graphic novel starring Aaron Eckhart, and Summit has This Dark Endeavor, an adaptation of the book This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, which will be directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).

Based on what little we know of the script, Fox’s version of Frankenstein could be a very interesting take on a story that most audiences are already familiar with. It could also be a great opportunity for Radcliffe to continue stepping out from the shadow of playing the world’s most famous boy wizard.

What do you think of Daniel Radcliffe starring as Igor, and which of the many upcoming Frankenstein projects are you most excited about?

There’s no word yet onĀ Frankenstein‘s release date.


Source: Variety

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  1. whatever happened to that movie of his called Horns, or whatever?

      • ok, i guess it doesnt come out until october so we probably wont be seeing any trailers or marketing for another couple months.

  2. Of all the characters I thought he would ever portray I never thought it would be this one.

  3. Now that I think about it, Radcliffe would be an excellent Igor.

    I surprised myself by saying that because I’ve never rated his acting ability at all and when he appeared on QI, he seemed a little smug and annoying but I can really picture him as the character and pulling it off splendidly.

    • I thought the same thing when I saw him on The Graham Norton Show.

  4. I am still waiting for a faithful adaptation of Frankenstein. I can’t believe it’s been re-made so many times but they still have never come close. The TV miniseries is the best adaptation so far but they really need to do this novel justice someday. These projects don’t seem to be on that track. Blah.

  5. Radcliffe was also in a movie a year ago called The Woman In Black, a ghost story of sorts. The movie was watchable but nothing special, but the sets of the moor, etc. were good and kind of creepy.

  6. whatever happened to the Dean Koontz version is what i want to know

  7. Marty Wilder was the best Igor ever.

    • You mean Feldman?

  8. I’d still like to see Guillermo Del Toro’s take.

  9. Imagine if he was only 5 inches taller. His career would be on fire right now.

  10. I wish they would adapt Dean Koontz’s five book modern re-imagined series into a tv series, that would be awesome.

    • I agree they had signed a movie deal and working on a script the last I heard but i havent heard anything since