Downtown Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay is in talks for the female lead opposite Daniel Radcliffe in Frankenstein. The 20th Century Fox’s film also stars James McAvoy. Paul McGuigan is directing the movie, which retells the Mary Shelley horror story from the perspective of Igor, the hunchbacked assistant of Victor Frankenstein. Radcliffe is playing Igor, while McAvoy is playing the doctor who has plans to build a human body. Radcliffe’s character is described as pathologically dirty, with long hair and wearing old clown clothes.
Findlay will play a trapeze artist who is saved by Igore after an accident. The two become very close in the aftermath of her rescue. There have been rumors of a circus theme strung throughout the film.
John Davis is producing the movie, scripted by Max Landis (Chronicle), and hopes to shoot later this fall in London and Scotland.
“It’s about two young, brilliant guys pushing each other. Eventually one loses his morality and the other has to bring him back,” Radcliffe told THR during a reception for his movie Horns in Toronto.
On Downtown Abbey, Findlay played Lady Sybil, the social boundary-pushing child of the Crawley clan. She has appeared in several movies and received acclaim for starring, with Felicity Jones, in the 2011 U.K. drama Albatross. Her American studio debut will be the recently wrapped Warner Bros. drama Winter’s Tale, whose cast includes Will Smith, Colin Farrell and Matt Bomer, among others.
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Source: Hollywood Reporter