Variety exclusively reports that Javier Bardem is in talks with Universal to star as Frankenstein in their monster universe series.
The report states that it’s unknown which monster film Frankenstein will first appear in, though Universal have been building up their star in recent months, with The Mummy starring Tom Cruise as an ex-Navy Seal, while Russell Crowe will be playing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Johnny Depp has also been signed onto the monster universe series to play The Invisible Man.
The report states that though Universal is developing a Bride of Frankenstein film, sources state that Bardem’s Frankenstein will likely appear in another monster film first with the possibility of getting a spinoff in the future. The Mummy is also wrapped up production which is being directed by Alex Kurtzmann and the rest of the cast includes Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari and Courtney B. Vance. I know what you’re all thinking about this report….is Bardem being signed up to play Frankenstein or Frankenstein’s monster? Something tells me it’s the latter.
The Mummy is scheduled for cinematic release on the 9th June 2017.