• Robert Pattinson is reportedly set to star in the long-gestating adaptation of David Grann’s The Lost City of Z about the British explorer Percy Fawcett, who will be played by Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness). The report did not specify who exactly Pattinson would be playing in director James Gray’s (We Own the Night) adaptation. Brad Pitt, who was originally set to star as the explorer, is now just attached in a producing capacity. Pattinson can be seen next in The Rover and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, and is currently gearing up to work with Werner Herzog to play T.E. Lawrence in Queen of the Desert. [The Wrap]
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You know that image you have in your head of Frankenstein’s monster as a freakishly tall, green man with a block head and two screws through his neck?
You might want to erase that from your memory before you dive into the trailer for I, Frankenstein.
Starring Aaron Eckhart as a monster who’s heavy on the stitches (and heavier on the abs), the trailer for I, Frankenstein centers on a war between “tens of thousands” of monsters and those trying to save mankind. Surprisingly, Eckhart’s Frankenstein seems to be on the human side of things. (Also, it seems like he might just go by “Frankenstein” now? That makes things easier!)
According to the 200-year-old creation, he is ”like none other.” And what, exactly, does that mean? Well, let’s just say this Frankenstein isn’t going to break out a top hat and sing “Puttin’ on the Ritz” anytime soon.
I, Frankenstein also stars Bill Nighy, Jai Courtney, and Yvonne Strahovski. Watch the trailer below:
Thanks to Boris Karloff’s career-defining performance in 1931′s Frankenstein, we tend to think of Mary Shelley’s revivified monster as old flat-top, groovin’ up slowly. But in Lionsgate’s upcoming I, Frankenstein, the creature has shed the neck-bolts and picked up some improved syntax. As played by Aaron Eckhart—who previously played monsters of the more human sort in films like In the Company of Men and The Dark Knight—Frank is closer to the author’s original vision of a well-spoken, emotionally vulnerable being experiencing a major existential crisis. Although I don’t believe Shelley ever had her creation using his advanced skills in Kali stick-fighting to participate in a centuries-old war between evil demons and sentinel gargoyles, but I admit I haven’t read the novel since high school. READ FULL STORY
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