Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s ill-conceived quest to conquer death – originally portrayed in Mary Shelley’s 1818 sci-fi/horror novel “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus” – has been told and re-told many times over in film and television alike. Recent iterations of the character include Harry Treadaway as Dr. Frankenstein on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful TV series; later in 2015, X-Men franchise star James McAvoy will step into the role, for the appropriately-titled Victor Frankenstein.
20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailers for Victor Frankenstein, with Daniel Radcliffe costarring as Dr. Frankenstein’s assistant, Igor Strausman. You can watch the U.S. version of the film’s theatrical preview, above.
Here is an official synopsis for Victor Frankenstein, included with the movie’s U.S. trailer launch:
James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.
The U.S. trailer for Victor Frankenstein paints the film as being a buddy action/adventure (with some dashes of sci-fi and horror) in a period setting, with McAvoy and Radcliffe leading the charge. Certainly, there are shades of Victor Frankenstein director Paul McGuigan’s work on the BBC’s Sherlock series in the trailer, as McGuigan (by the look of it) brought a similar offbeat whimsical touch to the proceedings here.
Similarly, the script work by Max Landis (American Ultra) seems to contain a number of parallels to his screenplay for Chronicle – not just with its blend of light and dark thematic elements, but even with regard to their respective stories about young men (boys?) meddling with powerful forces, to unwanted results. Problem is, as an introduction to what could be an effective re-imagining of the Frankenstein story, the film’s U.S. trailer is too disjointed in terms of how it presents Landis’ take on the tale (in this writer’s opinion, that is).
That’s not so much the case with the Victor Frankenstein U.K. trailer, which you can check out below:
The Victor Frankenstein U.K. preview, unlike its U.S. counterpart, is not just more straight-forward with its outline of the movie and its narrative; it also does a better job of establishing that here, the story of Dr. Frankenstein is told from the perspective of Radcliffe as Igor, which is a key element that will help distinguish this new take on the Frankenstein story from its many predecessors (… in theory, anyway). For reasons, the film’s U.S. marketing team decided to take a different approach to selling the project.
We also have a new poster for Victor Frankenstein, as featured below:
The talent onscreen in Victor Frankenstein – including Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Spectre) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) in key supporting roles – reads as quite solid on paper; the same goes for the creative minds working behind the scenes, who may yet pull off an intriguing and inventive take on the Frankenstein mythos. The Victor Frankenstein trailer footage isn’t enough to determine if that potential has gone fulfilled or unfulfilled, but fingers crossed this film will be one that can be added to the pile of good Frankenstein re-tellings.
Victor Frankenstein opens in U.S. theaters on November 25th, 2015.
Source: 20th Century Fox