The road to great art is often paved with great adventure, the spirit of creativity and the risks of youth. Genius is not a straight line, and the path to a masterpiece can often be as compelling and captivating as the masterpiece itself. This is why it's a surprise that generations have been fascinated by the legend of Frankenstein for decades, but have not had the chance to experience the life of author Mary Shelley. That's about to finally change.
Deadline reports that the ravishing Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner has been cast in Mary Shelley's Monster, a film about the early adult life of the Frankenstein writer. In her late teenage years, Shelley fell for a married man, and the two of them engaged in a torrid affair during an extended trip through Europe. This film will tell her story, though it sounds as though there will be some twists to the tale. Producer Rose Ganguzza promises the film will showcase, "the story of the most extraordinary 19th century teenage heroine told in a visceral, sexy, contemporary way."
"Our film is not a period drama. It is a story of youth that transcends time, a gothic romance, a love triangle that involves a dark passenger and we are tremendously excited to have such an exciting cast onboard this wonderful project."
Dark passenger, eh? If you think this title makes it sound as if Mrs. Shelley (back then, Ms. Godwin) is dealing with something like a split personality, then you are absolutely correct. The project is described as revealing her split personality, who holds the key to her maturation as a writer and allows her to pen one of the most influential horror novels of all time. Jeremy Irvine will play her lover, Percy Shelley, while Taissa Farmiga co-stars as Claire Claremont, Mary's stepsister.
Deborah Baxtrom is the writer of this particular film, and while she is experienced, she has cut her teeth on a series called Living With Frankenstein, a comedy where Mary and Percy live with Lord Byron and Frankenstein's monster in modern-day Los Angeles. Will the film take its cues from this particularly odd set-up? The director is Coky Giedroyc, a prolific female television director who previously helmed episodes of Blackpool, Sherlock and The Killing. The guess is this will be, in the words of the producer, a bit sexier than the average television show. Making Frankenstein sexy? Why not? If anyone could do it, it's the ravishing Ms. Turner.
The fetching Ms. Turner is best known for playing Sansa Stark on Game Of Thrones, though she also has the horror film Alone on the horizon. It will be interesting to see the face she puts on this new vision of Frankenstein, since it's not the only interpretation of the mythos hitting screens soon. There may be no life left in Guillermo Del Toro's interpretation of the story, but Fox is in the process of making 2015's Frankenstein , told through the eyes of Igor (Daniel Radcliffe). Universal remains interested in revitalizing the character for a new audience and teaming him with The Mummy, Dracula and other classic monsters. And let's not forget we've already seen one particularly radical reinvention earlier this year. It's a crowded world for Frankenstein, so hopefully Turner's Mary Shelley can keep this film from sinking into the abyss.