Del Toro wants Cumberbatch for Frankenstein film

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Speaking in an interview with The Telegraph, Guillermo del Toro has announced that he intends on directing a film of Frankenstein, with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the monster.

The Pacific Rim director is also finalising the script for a new version of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, starring Emma Watson as Belle.

Cumberbatch knows the character of the monster well after playing him in Danny Boyle’s stage version at The National Theatre last year.

Del Toro is one of several directors planning versions of Mary Shelley’s book. Daniel Radcliffe is also down to play the monster in a yet untitled project while early next year ‘I, Frankenstein’ directed by Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean) will be released.

Flossie Topping is the former Editor-in-Chief of Critics Associated (2013-2015). She has an MA in Film Theory and an MA in Online Journalism. She has written for Screen International, Grolsch Film Works, Universal Film Magazine, The London Film Review, Best for Film, Next Projection, Metropolitan, Don't Panic and The Ealing Gazette.