The Dark Universe has found itself in a transitionary period. After the critically underwhelming premiere of The Mummy earlier this year, the franchise will go back to the drawing board for Bill Condon's Bride of Frankenstein in the face of the next installation's recent removal from Universal's release schedule. Though Javier Bardem and Angelina Jolie remain tentatively lined up to portray Frankenstein and the Bride, it now looks like Condon may have already started to look at Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot as his new Bride if Jolie ends up departing the project.
Bill Condon has reportedly expressed interest in locking down Gal Gadot for the titular monster role in Bride of Frankenstein if Angelina Jolie does not officially sign onto the project. Per The Wrap, no official offer has been made to the Israeli movie star yet, but the report indicates that Condon seems to think that she would be a good fit to replace Jolie if the film's original star opts to back out. This rumor comes only one day after Bride of Frankenstein was removed from its February 14, 2019 release date by Universal (a delay meant to give the studio more time to develop the film) and replaced by an unknown Blumhouse Productions horror film.
Taking on the Bride could represent another big move for Gal Gadot, who has arguably made some pretty smart career decisions over the last few years in the world of franchises. Gaining her first mainstream notice in the Fast and Furious series, she then parlayed that success into her role as Diana Prince in the DCEU's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as Wonder Woman and the upcoming Justice League film. If the Dark Universe manages to correct course following the critical disappointment of The Mummy, then Bride of Frankenstein could turn into a significant win for her resume -- if she ends up joining the project, that is.
It is also worth mentioning that the role of the Bride of Frankenstein could be perfect for someone like Gal Gadot because of what she brings to the table. When Wonder Woman debuted earlier this year, one of the more consistent compliments that she received was her ability to throw herself into the physicality of her performance. As the Bride is traditionally a character with very few (if any) lines, Gadot's knack for conveying a character through non-verbal performance could serve the project well.
At this point, we will have to wait and see which actress ends up stepping in as the Bride of Frankenstein in Bill Condon's film. While we wait for the project to move forward, take a look at our 2017 movie premiere guide and our 2018 movie premiere guide to keep yourself in the loop on the upcoming year's most notable theatrical releases.