Victor Frankenstein: A “rip-roaring, fun adventure movie version” of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror novel, says star who portrays the hunchback lab assistant Igor

2:30 PM EST 1/12/2015 by Kara Michelle, Celebeat Reporter

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20th Century Fox's Victor Frankensteinthe latest film adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic 1818 Gothic novel which stars James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, will show in theaters beginning October 2. Directed by McGuigan from a screenplay by Mark Landis, the upcoming Frankenstein movie will this time unfold from a uniquely new and different perspective. The story will be re-told from the point of view of Igor, the young hunchback assistant of Doctor Frankenstein.

Radcliffe plays Igor to McAvoy's Frankenstein. According to the studio's synopsis, we will see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today. Radcliffe and McAvoy are joined in the cast by Jessica Brown Findlay as Lorelei, Andrew Scott as Roderick Turpin, Mark Gatiss as Dettweiler, and Callum Turner as Alistair.

In an interview with Collider, Radcliffe joked that "if you like the book, you'll hate the movie." How so? The Frankenstein monster will not be created until near the very end of the film. Said he: "One of the biggest differences between us and other Frankenstein's will be that, generally speaking, the main relationship is between Frankenstein and the monster and the monster is created in the middle of the movie, and in our version it's created right at the end and the journey up to that is really about how we come to that eventual idea. I've heard other people call it kind of an origin story for Frankenstein, but it's an origin story for a Frankenstein you have never met before, if that helps."

Radcliffe also revealed that their version of the story may not be of the expectedly scary, frightening type of horror movie that is usually associated with the name Victor Frankenstein. He said: "I think our Frankenstein is a really kind of rip-roaring, fun adventure movie version of Frankenstein.  I would really struggle to class it as horror.  I think there are horror elements to it and nods to previous versions of Frankenstein, but it's much more a film about - the thing that I hope will make it stand out is the relationship between James' character and I." He added: "There is a lot of action in it as well."

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