Victor Frankenstein (2015) as Igor
Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today.
FORMER Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe says James McAvoy made him suffer for his art during the filming of their new movie Victor Frankenstein.Daniel, 26, who plays Igor in the remake of the horror classic Frankenstein tale, says he was left black and blue from fight scenes with the 36-year-old actor.
The film tells the story of brilliant scientist Victor Frankenstein, played by James, and his ill-fated attempt to create a life out of death, assisted by his sceptical sidekick Igor.
“James is a very good physical actor and I’m very good at having the c*** beaten out of me so we worked really well together,” says Daniel.
“Sometimes it is hard to get other actors to really go for it but not James.
“He didn’t hold back and I felt it too! But it worked for those scenes and we remain good buddies.”
You can watch Daniel literally take it on the chin when Victor Frankenstein hits cinemas November 25.
After last year’s I, Frankenstein opened to abysmal reviews (The Guardian’s Mike McCahill called it a “barely functioning multiplex-filler”), it seems as if we’re ready for a new reimagining of Mary Shelley’s novel.
Victor Frankenstein stars Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, the assistant to the titular character, a scientist researching immortality. But when Victor goes too far, it’s up to Igor to pull him back from the brink of madness.
The trailer promises lavish effects, bad haircuts and plenty of shouting. It’s from director Paul McGuigan, best known for Lucky Number Slevin and TV’s Sherlock while the script is written by Max Landis, who broke out with Chronicle.
“It’s about their journey and how they spur each other on towards greater and possibly more terrifying things” Radcliffe told Entertainment Weekly.
It’s one of many projects on the horizon for Radcliffe, who will also be seen in BBC drama Game Changer, sequel Now You See Me: the Second Act, drama Swiss Army Man, crime thriller Tokyo Vice, period drama Brooklyn Bridge, fact-based white supremacist thriller Imperium and political comedy Young Americans.
• Victor Frankenstein hits US cinemas on 25 November and is released in the UK on 4 December
Entertainment Weekly has released a new image from Victor Frankenstein, featuring James McAvoy (Victor Frankenstein) and Daniel Radcliffe (Igor) “taking cover.” The movie sets itself apart from other Frankenstein tales in that it is told from the perspective of Igor, Frankenstein’s personal assistant.
While there will be action, Victor Frankenstein will still serve as an exploration of Victor Frankenstein and Igor’s complex relationship.
“It’s about creation, and Victor is not only creating this monster but in a sense Igor, who in the beginning of the movie is living in abject conditions and considered less than human,” Radcliffe told Entertainment Weekly .
McAvoy added that “Victor’s ego means that at times he thinks he’s superior to Igor. Their relationship is close, loving, abusive, manipulative, and it turns on a dime.”
“As much as the monster is his creation, Igor is his creation as well,” explained McAvoy on set in Longcross, Surrey in a recent Empire magazine. “That was quite exciting. It’s funny, the script, but also really dark, in a cool way.”
Check out the new pic below.
Directed by Paul McGuigan, from a script by Chronicle‘s Max Landis, McAvoy and Radcliffe will be joined by Mark Gatiss, Jessica Brown Findlay and Andrew Scott.
Frankenstein arrives in theaters on October 2, 2015.
20th Century Fox has recently swapped the release date of two of its fall movies. Ridley Scott’s latest science fiction film “The Martian” which stars Matt Damon is moving out of its initial Thanksgiving release and up to October 2nd while the James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe-starring film is stepping into the Thanksgiving date.The science fiction action adventure film which also features Jessica Chastain (“Interstellar”, “Zero Dark Thirty”), Kristen Wiig (“Welcome to Me”, “The Skeleton Twins”), Kate Mara (“House of Cards,” “Fantastic Four”), Michael Pena (“Fury”, “End of Watch”), Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom,” “Dumb and Dumber To”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”, “Children of Men”) and Donald Glover (“Community,” “Mystery Team”) is previously set to be released on November 25. According to Deadline, the move keeps the “The Martian “, which has a potential success in the box office, away from Lionsgate highly anticipated “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” and competes with Warner Bros. “Creed” and Disney/Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” instead.
On the other hand, Paul McGuigan ‘s (“Lucky Number Slevin”) film adaptation of Mary Shelly’s classic 19th century Novel which originally had the Thanksgiving premiere, is now moved to November 25th, according to Coming Soon. Aside from McAvoy (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”, “Atonement”) and Radcliffe (“Harry Potter”, “Horns”), the film also stars Jessica Brown Findlay (“Winter’s Tale”, “The Riot Club”), Andrew Scott (“Spectre”, “Sherlock”), Mark Gatiss (“Game of Thrones”, “Wolf Hall”) and Freddie Fox (“Pride”, “The Riot Club”). As per Movie Insider’s movie calendar, “Victor Frankenstein ” will now compete with “Spectre”, “The Peanuts Movie” and the fourth and final chapter of “Hunger Games”.
McGuigan’s version loosely focuses on the relationship between doctor Frankenstein and his assistant Igor with the monster not featured until the end of the film. Fox’s rescheduling of the film is already the second time it has been pushed as it originally was set for a January premiere.
Meanwhile, the studio’s rearrangement of “The Martian” and “Victor Frankenstein’s” premiere dates might be sudden as both initial release schedules are already nearing; yet, it is believed to benefit both films.
Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan will be reteaming with their Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas for another real-life inspired film, trading in their roles as Beat Generation writers for ambitious, would-be politicians.
StarStream Media announced that the company will finance and produce Krokidas’ Young Americans, based on the Black List script by Wes Jones. The film is inspired by the real lives of Karl Rove, played by DeHaan, and Lee Atwater, played by Radcliffe, on a cross-country road trip as ambitious college students.
The film will portray Rove as more of a straight-laced student who is running to be the head of the College Republicans at his university with the help of Atwater. Atwater decides to take his friend on a trip through the American South, during which they run into Katie King, played by Amanda Seyfried, who may pose a threat to the two boys’ ambitions. In real life, Rove would famously become “The Architect” for President George W. Bush ’s two presidential campaigns, while Atwater became advisor to both Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, as well as chairman of the Republic National Committee.
Young Americans is set to go into production this fall, produced by StarStream’s Kim Leadford, as well as Liz Destro of Destro Films and Frank Frattaroli from circle of Confusion. XYZ FIlms is coordinating international sales rights at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.
20th Century Fox (via Empire ) is giving us our first glimpse into the shocking world of science-gone-wrong with two behind-the-scenes set pics from Victor Frankenstein, which you can check out in the gallery below!
James McAvoy is Viktor 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 Viktor Von Frankenstein, and them become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today.
Directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) and adapted by Max Landis (Chronicle), Victor Frankenstein co-stars Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Mark Gatiss and Freddie Fox, and will be released on October 2 of this year.
Daniel Radcliffe is to star as the creative mastermind behind the computer game Grand Theft Auto in a BBC drama about the battle over one of the world’s most popular entertainment franchises.
The Harry Potter star will play Sam Houser, the co-founder of video game developer Rockstar Games, in the 90-minute film, Game Changer.
Bill Paxton plays Jack Thompson, the campaigning Florida lawyer, who was determined to prove a link between violent crime and people who played the game.
An anti-obscenity campaigner, Thompson, who was disbarred in 2008, attempted to sue Rockstar on several occasions and block its releases.
The film is based on David Kushner’s 2012 book, Jacked: The Outlaw Story Of Grand Theft Auto.
Rockstar is not believed to be involved in the production. Developers on the GTA games have reportedly expressed concerns that the film may exaggerate the story behind the development of the franchise.
Grand Theft Auto offers gamers the chance to step into a fantasy world where they can behave like criminals, gun down rival gangsters and cops, hijack cars and venture deeper into an imaginary American underworld. Its latest iteration – GTA:V – earned $1bn in its first three days, becoming the fastest selling entertainment product in history.