Universal's monsterverse promises to unite the studio's back catalogue of iconic beasties into a series of movies starting with The Mummy. With shooting on that film nearly complete (opens in new tab), today brings word of another major player in the monster roster set to join the mayhem: Frankenstein's monster. According to a report from Variety (opens in new tab) Javier Bardem is "in talks" to tackle the role made famous by Boris Karloff.
When plans for Universal's shared movie universe were first announced, Alex Kurtzman - one of the two creatives tasked with developing it - said the goal was to focus on each individual film (opens in new tab), rather than plotting too far ahead. So it's not certain which movie will introduce Bardem's monster.
Wheels are in motion for a Bride of Frankenstein remake, that may star Angelina Jolie (opens in new tab), but it's expected that Bardem will appear in another film prior to that. Once he's established he'll headline a proper Frankenstein movie in the future. The thing is, the slate of creature features in the works for the monsterverse is already stacked.
As well as The Mummy, we've got the Wolf Man, Van Helsing, Creature From The Black Lagoon and The Invisible Man. It's a surprise that there's no official Frankenstein flick among that group, but if Bardem's debut makes a good impression (come on, who wasn't terrified by him in No Country For Old Men?) expect that to change.
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