Victor Frankenstein‘s first trailer has dropped and it looks like it highlights both the scary and the funny with parts for both a terrifying monster and Daniel Radcliffe’s long hair. There’s also a charming introduction off the top by the films stars, a freshly shorn James McAvoy and a scruffy Radcliffe.
The film is based, loosely, on Mary Shelley’s original novel, Frankenstein, about an eccentric doctor who pushes the boundaries of life and death by piecing together parts of the recently deceased and bringing the monstrous creation to life with little thought for the horrific consequences.
The twist in this tale, written by Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) and directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin,Push), is that the story is told from the viewpoint of Victor’s assistant, Igor (Daniel) and their relationship is reminiscent of buddy comedy fare like, Lethal Weapon or Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes.
“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.”
— THR Movies (@THRmovies) August 18, 2015
The other welcome difference to Victor Frankenstein is that Radcliffe, as Igor, isn’t wearing a prosthetic hump or walking hunched over (though the movie is supposed to be a prequel of sorts, so perhaps that will come later).
It seems Landis penned Igor’s problems as much less physical. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Radcliffe talked about his perspective on Victor Frankenstein.
“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.”
— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) August 18, 2015
McGuigan, in fact, calls the movie a “love story” between Frankenstein and Igor. Which, spinning that idea out, must mean that when things go horribly wrong, as they must whenever someone messes around with the supernatural and the natural order of things, Igor has got to step up and take out the monster while keeping his friend’s growing insanity at bay.
— BuzzFeedEntmnt (@BuzzFeedEnt) August 18, 2015
Watch Victor Frankenstein, also starring Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) and Freddie Fox (The Three Muskateers), when it hits theaters on November 25.
[Image courtesy 20th Century Fox]