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Jacob Elordi is playing Frankenstein’s monster in the new Guillermo del Toro adaptation

Jacob Elordi is playing Frankenstein's monster in the new Guillermo del Toro adaptation

Jacob Elordi is known for playing some pretty monstrous and unlikeable characters – from Euphoria's psychotic Nate Jacobs to the controlling figure of Elvis Presley in Sofia Coppola's latest film venture Priscilla. But Elordi is now graduating to actual monster on-screen in his latest confirmed role as Frankenstein's monster. Elordi is already riding a cinematic high these last twelve months on the back of the success of Saltburn and Priscilla – and the soon-to-be-released The Sweet East – so we're excited to see that he's headed into classic sci-fi territory next.

What do we know about the film so far?

The Frankenstein film is the latest adaptation of the original classic novel by Mary Shelley about a brilliant but egotistical scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who brings a creature to life in a monstrous experiment. The film is set to be produced by Netflix, and directed by monster-movie aficionado Guillermo del Toro. TBH – if there's anyone we'd trust with a good Frankenstein retelling, it would be him.

Elordi joins the previously announced ensemble cast that includes Oscar Isaac, who will be playing Victor Frankenstein, as well as scream queen Mia Goth (who will be playing Doctor Frankenstein’s love interest) and Tarantino favourite Christoph Waltz. Also on the call sheet is Felix Kammerer from All Quiet on the Western Front, David Bradley from del Toro's Pinocchio, Lars Mikkelsen from The Witcher, and Christian Convery from Sweet Tooth.


Why is Jacob Elordi only joining the cast now?

Previously, the role of Frankenstein's monster was slated to be played by Andrew Garfield (of Spiderman fame), but the actor has since departed the Netflix project due to strike-related scheduling conflicts.


When will the Frankenstein film be released?

It seems the film is still in its early stages – early enough to be recasting some major roles – so we're not expecting this one on our Netflix home screen any time soon. But, we'll keep you updated as we know more.


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