Bride of Frankenstein director Bill Condon reportedly wants Gal Gadot for his movie's title role, should Angelina Jolie exit the project. Universal Pictures' Dark Universe - the Hollywood studio's burgeoning horror-themed cinematic universe - officially launched earlier this year with Alex Kurtzman's The Mummy reboot, starring Sofia Boutella as Princess Ahmanet and Tom Cruise as Sergeant Nick Morton, plus Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll. The film was meant to kick off the shared universe, with Bride of Frankenstein continuing the franchise in two years. Unfortunately, not everything has gone according to plan.
Shortly before The Mummy debuted, Condon, who was coming off the year's highest-grossing film thus far, Beauty and the Beast, boarded Bride of Frankenstein - which is based on a script by David Koepp and produced by Kurtzman and Chris Morgan - with plans to release the film in early 2019. Everything seemed to be moving smoothly, with production initially scheduled to begin in February 2018. However, with Maleficent 2 also scheduled to start filming around that time, that meant that Angelina Jolie, who's reportedly playing the Bride in the film, would have a scheduling issue. Then, for unspecified reasons, Bride of Frankenstein was pulled from Universal's schedule, allowing Jolie to remain attached to the project.
If Jolie cannot star in Bride of Frankenstein - which has her starring alongside Javier Bardem, who plays Frankenstein's monster - then, according to The Wrap, Condon would like to have Gadot replace the Oscar-winning actor/director. Gadot is famously known for playing Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, in Warner Bros.' DC cinematic universe, having already starred in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman. She will also appear in Justice League this November.
Universal Pictures didn't specify why they pulled Bride of Frankenstein from their release schedule, aside from concerns that they wouldn't be able to do the story justice if they rushed production. Of course, considering how poorly received The Mummy was, it's understandable that the studio would want to take extra time and get the story right. However, it's the timing of the announcement, which comes one day after Condon revealed plans to start filming in early 2018, that's curious.
Although pulling the movie from the schedule may cause people to be concerned about the Dark Universe's future, it appears that the studio still has plans to push forward with not only Condon's film but also reboots for movies such as The Invisible Man, who's being played by Johnny Depp, and Phantom of the Opera, among others. However, if the studio wants to produce all of their planned films, then Bride of Frankenstein needs to be a much bigger success than The Mummy was.
Source: The Wrap