Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy do the monster mash in Victor Frankenstein trailer

A new take on Mary Shelley’s gothic classic sees the Harry Potter star as Igor, the infamous assistant to Doctor Frankenstein

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


Benjamin Lee

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