James McAvoy takes on the titular role in first trailers for ‘Victor Frankenstein’

Victor Frankenstein

James McAvoy is poised to make the jump from comic book features to classic stories in his upcoming film, joined by Daniel Radcliffe, as the two take on the roles of Victor Frankenstein and Igor respectively in a new telling of the classic Mary Shelley novel.

The first trailers for the film, titled Victor Frankenstein, have now been released, one American and one British. The film is directed by Wicker Park and Push helmer Paul McGuigan, with a screenplay from Chronicle writer Max Landis. McAvoy and Radcliffe are joined onscreen by a supporting cast that includes Andrew Scott, Mark Gatiss, Louise Brealey, and Jessica Brown Findlay.

The film’s synopsis is as follows:

Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.

This film will mark the second theatrical release of screenwriter Max Landis this year, following American Ultra later this month. While this is the first time McAvoy and Radcliffe will be working together, co-stars Scott, Gatiss, and Brealey are also regular castmembers of the BBC series Sherlock. The trailers themselves put the set design and middle-aged setting on display, while giving McAvoy a chance to show his comic side in the way Frankenstein handles certain issues.

The film is set to be released theatrically in the US on November 25th, hitting Canadian theatres on the same day. The trailers can be seen below.

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