James McAvoy is Victor Von 'Frankenstein' to Daniel Radcliffe's Igor
by Ethan Anderton
July 25, 2013
Since February of this year, Harry Potter franchise star Daniel Radcliffe has been set to play Igor in a new telling of the classic Frankenstein story set up at Fox with Lucky Number Slevin and Push director Paul McGuigan working from a script by Chronicle scribe Max Landis. Now the studio has found their man to play the doctor who brings the iconic monster to life. Deadline has word that Fox's X-Men: First Class star James McAvoy will play Victor Von Frankenstein. Though lesser known names like Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire") and Toby Kebbell (RocknRolla) had been testing, clearly the bigger name won out.
McAvoy just appeared in San Diego as part of the star-studded Comic-Con panel for X-Men: Days of Future Past. McAvoy has been popping up in all sorts of films lately from Danny Boyle's psychological heist thriller Trance to the R-rated, gritty crime thriller Filth, and the forthcoming two-part period drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. We don't know much about this new take on the Mary Shelly story, but Landis said in 2011, "I began to pick apart our knowledge of Frankenstein and discovered that the public’s idea of this myth comes from a million different places. I became committed to recontextualizing it all so it all worked in one story." McAvoy and Radcliffe should make for a solid duo. Sound good?