James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe, the archetypal gothic monster story, witty dialogue, fast-paced action and not to mention a glimpse of Andrew Scott (aka Sherlock’s Moriarty) – upcoming movie Victor Frankenstein seems to have it all.
This new twist on Mary Shelley’s classic novel concentrates on the relationship between proud, over-achieving scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his protégé, the equally brilliant but rational Igor (Radcliffe).
In the original novel, Igor does not exist, but following his addition to the 1931 movie adaptation, he has become a stock assistant to many Gothic villains in Hollywood movie adaptations.
Max Landis’ new adaptation promises to turn the traditional relationship between Igor and Frankenstein on its head. The dynamic, exciting trailer presents the Frankenstein/Igor relationship as a friendship as well as a partnership, albeit one with the potential for disaster.
There’s plenty of witty repartee as Igor provides the voice of reason to Frankenstein’s whims and ambition. The overall vibe is not dissimilar from the ever-popular relationship between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. The pairing of the arrogant genius and the everyman who represents the eyes and ears of the audience is a popular and successful trope.
Directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) and co-starring Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Mark Gatiss and Freddie Fox, Victor Frankenstein will be released on 4 December.