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.
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 on Frankenstein's release date.