Daniel Radcliffe’s new movie based around Frankenstein becomes more confusing by the day. Readers of Mary Shelly’s original book or really anyone who’s watched one of the many adaptations will know; the big giant with a bolt through his neck is actually Frankenstein’s monster. 20th Century Fox are now hoping to clear up any confusion for their take on the tale by giving their movie the title Victor Frankenstein, in an effort to emphasise the difference. Personally, I’m sceptical, because I still think a lot of people won’t get the distinction.
The film will star James McAvoy as Victor Frankenstein, but the it will be told from the perspective of his hunch-backed lab assistant Igor, whom Radcliffe will bring to life.
Although not present in the original gothic horror novel, Igor was added in Universal’s 1930’s film adaptations and has since become an essential part of all Frankenstein related films.
Fox have released the following details about the plot of their film:
“James McAvoy is Victor Von Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe stars as Igor in a unique, never-before-seen twist on Mary Shelley’s classic 19th century novel. Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man—and the legend—we know today.”
Just so we’re all clear then, the film Victor Frankenstein is not about the monster, because he’s not called Frankenstein, but then it’s not about Victor either, it’s about Igor, and he’s not included in the title at all. Got it? Good.
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