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Javier Bardem in talks to become Frankenstein for Universal's Monster-verse

07.11.2016

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Universal is aiming to go big or go home with the casting of their Classic Monster-verse. First they locked up Tom Cruise for THE MUMMY. They've been chasing after Angelina Jolie to get involved with THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. They secured Johnny Depp to play the Invisible Man. Russell Crowe is going to be their Dr. Jekyll AND Mr. Hyde. They're hoping to lure Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to become the new Wolfman. And now they're in talks with Javier Bardem to follow in Boris Karloff's shoes as Frankenstein. 

Bardem would star as the cobbled-together monster who rises up against his creator, adding even more firepower and legitimacy to Universal's plan to get a Classic Monster-verse off the ground. Conceivably, Bardem would eventually get his own solo film after appearing in another movie first in this new shared universe. However, what the film might be just yet is unclear with THE MUMMY already deep into production as the first picture out of the gate. 

Bardem has been offered the Jekyll and Hyde role at one point as these characters were being assembled, but ultimately passed. That led to Crowe joining in the mix and Bardem ultimately being revisited again for Frankenstein. 

Say what you want about Universal's idea here, but their plan for what feels like surefire success certainly bears watching. There hasn't been one target they've gone after that hasn't led to you being curious about what they'd do with the role or within this shared universe structure. 

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Source: Variety

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9:04AM on 07/12/2016
It does my head in every time the Monster is referred as Frankenstein cause Frankenstein is the Doctor who plays god not the monster, which now makes me ask the question which role is Bardem actually playing
It does my head in every time the Monster is referred as Frankenstein cause Frankenstein is the Doctor who plays god not the monster, which now makes me ask the question which role is Bardem actually playing
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3:16PM on 07/12/2016
Yep. Amen, bro.
Yep. Amen, bro.
2:17AM on 07/12/2016
Meanwhile the only Frankenstein's monster that's done Mary Shelley 's novel justice was in Penny Dreadful and a Hallmark channel movie
Meanwhile the only Frankenstein's monster that's done Mary Shelley 's novel justice was in Penny Dreadful and a Hallmark channel movie
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2:18AM on 07/12/2016
And an off Broadway musical
And an off Broadway musical
8:55AM on 07/12/2016
Agreed about Penny Dreadful.
Agreed about Penny Dreadful.
6:51PM on 07/11/2016
So what is the end-game with this monster-verse. is there a movie where they all team up and fight other monsters, or each other? If so, I'd rather they just jump right into that. We've had I, Frankenstein and Victor Frankenstein recently, do we really need another solo film again? Same with Wolfman.
So what is the end-game with this monster-verse. is there a movie where they all team up and fight other monsters, or each other? If so, I'd rather they just jump right into that. We've had I, Frankenstein and Victor Frankenstein recently, do we really need another solo film again? Same with Wolfman.
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6:28PM on 07/11/2016
Just as long as he's more of a terrifying monster and less of an action hero (I, Frankenstein), then I'm okay with this.
Just as long as he's more of a terrifying monster and less of an action hero (I, Frankenstein), then I'm okay with this.
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5:26PM on 07/11/2016
I know a majority disliked Dracula Untold (I for one loved it), but for this universal shared monster film they sure have assembled a hell of a cast to represent each one of the iconic monsters/creatures.

The only one I dislike is Johnson for Wolfman. They should cast someone who isn't so action oriented for the role; it would make the transition more satisfying.
I know a majority disliked Dracula Untold (I for one loved it), but for this universal shared monster film they sure have assembled a hell of a cast to represent each one of the iconic monsters/creatures.

The only one I dislike is Johnson for Wolfman. They should cast someone who isn't so action oriented for the role; it would make the transition more satisfying.
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5:35PM on 07/11/2016
I agree with you Soloist. I'm a huge Wolf Man fan. So finding out that The Rock is the possible choice to play the ionic character is kind of a let down.

In a perfect world I would love to see DiCaprio play The Wolf Man.
I agree with you Soloist. I'm a huge Wolf Man fan. So finding out that The Rock is the possible choice to play the ionic character is kind of a let down.

In a perfect world I would love to see DiCaprio play The Wolf Man.
7:25PM on 07/11/2016
Benecio del toro doing wolfman again would be good with me.
Benecio del toro doing wolfman again would be good with me.
4:46PM on 07/11/2016

Tell me more fuckers.

I'm Intrigued by the whole cast. Especailly cruise, Crowe and Javier and since I dont hate Jolie and ol Dwayne Johnson, that's a plus. I wonder what the tone will be? Are they going with a van helsing/hell boy vibe or something more gritty and dark? Intrigued indeed.
I'm Intrigued by the whole cast. Especailly cruise, Crowe and Javier and since I dont hate Jolie and ol Dwayne Johnson, that's a plus. I wonder what the tone will be? Are they going with a van helsing/hell boy vibe or something more gritty and dark? Intrigued indeed.
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