The speculative, non-committal casting news rolls along through the end of the week. According to The Wrap, Daniel Radcliffe, whose lightning bolt scar is just now fading, is interested in taking a lead role in the new Fox version of Frankenstein. One might naturally think that the lead role would be Victor Frankenstein (or even the monster), but apparently the update will spend more time with the beloved hunchbacked assistant.
Based on a Max Landis (Chronicle) script, the movie will be directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) and will be among many, many new adaptations of Mary Shelley‘s classic (which happens to be in the public domain).
Not only is it great to see Radcliffe continue the genre work, it’s also great to see him take on what has to be a strange role. Plus, I bet everyone is looking forward to the month in 2014 when 5 “Frankenstein” adaptations hit theaters. Can’t wait. It’ll be like Armageddon/Deep Impact but with a powerful message about the natural limitations of mankind’s curiosity.