Daniel Radcliffe describes “Victor Frankenstein” as “a real adventure”
Although Daniel Radcliffe’s Victor Frankenstein is still nearly a year away, Dan recently spoke with Empire about the film and how it differs from previous Frankenstein adaptations. In the movie, Dan stars as Dr. Frankenstein’s hunchbacked assistant, Igor, while Dr. Frankenstein is played by James McAvoy. He describes it as,
a real adventure at its heart, a fun movie… [It’s] very smart in terms of the ideas it’s discussing, [which is] a rare combination for a huge movie.
Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein, has of course been adapted for the screen a number of times before. In this version, Igor plays a much bigger role than he has previously.
The story this time around is told through his eyes. He’s granted more of a story than he has been before. It’s an equal partnership where one of them is trying to be dominant, [which is] what separates it from other Frankenstein movies.
Dan goes on to explain how the story stresses the relationship between Frankenstein and Igor rather than that between Frankenstein and the monster.
It’s about the nature of creation, in many ways. Victor gives Igor new life at the beginning of the movie, so he can be viewed as my creator, and at what point do you step out of that shadow or continually pay homage to the person who gave his life back[?]
Victor Frankenstein also stars Mark Gatiss, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Andrew Scott. It is directed by Paul McGuigan and will be released October 2, 2015, in both the US and UK.
Have you read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or seen its previous adaptations? Are you excited to see what Dan brings to the character of Igor?