Daniel Radcliffe’s life after Harry Potter may include 20th Century Fox’s upcoming “Frankenstein” reboot. Deadline Hollywood reports that the young actor is in talks to play Igor, the hunchbacked lab assistant first played by Bela Lugosi in 1939’s “Son of Frankenstein.” (In that version, the character’s name was spelled “Ygor.”)
Radcliffe has been keeping busy since wrapping up the Harry Potter series. He’s trod the Broadway boards in revivals of “Equus” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and starred in the very successful Hammer Film “The Woman in Black.”
The Fox reboot is one of a number of Frankenstein properties being developed for both features and TV all over Hollywood. Max Landis (“Chronicle”) wrote the screenplay for Fox’s version, which is set to be directed by Paul McGuigan (“Lucky Number Slevin”).
Universal character actor Dwight Frye played an earlier take on the hunchbacked lab assistant in “Frankenstein” (1931) and “The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), both of which starred Colin Clive as Frankenstein and Boris Karloff as the iconic, nameless monster. Frye’s character was named “Fritz” in “Frankenstein,” and “Karl” in “The Bride of Frankenstein.” Frye also played Renfield in the 1931 version of “Dracula,” starring Lugosi.
Production on Fox’s “Frankenstein” is expected to begin sometime in the fall, when Radcliffe finishes his current stage run in the London West End stage production of "In Bruges" writer/director Martin McDonagh’s “Cripple of Inishmaan.”