The story of Mary Shelley and her monster is coming to life.
Mary’s Monster–a period film with a “contemporary sheen” that will explore the life of the author of the legendary 1818 novel Frankenstein--this week began rounding out its cast, according to a report on Deadline.
Clara Rugaard (I Am Mother) has signed on to play Shelley, Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones) will portray the monster, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Coda) will play Percy Bysshe Shelley and Sebastian de Souza (Normal People) is on board as Lord Byron.
The film–directed by Farren Blackburn from a screenplay by Deborah Baxtrom and Stephen Hallett–follows Mary Shelley as she is “seduced by her own inner monster, catapulting her into a dangerous, destructive psychological romance,” according to the synopsis.
She realizes that “the monster is linked to her own mental state, and that her only route to salvation is in bringing him to life.”
Mary’s Monster–currently on sale at the Cannes Film Festival–is expected to start shooting in August in the UK. No release window has been announced.
In discussing her leading role in the movie, Rugaard said she is “incredibly honored to jump on board this project. I’m excited to be bringing this celebrated female voice to life.” Harrington added that he is “relishing the idea of depicting the unique part of the monster. I’m excited by Farren’s vision and passion for the project.”
Mary Shelley’s life story has already been told in several books, films and TV projects–with the most recent being the 2017 biopic Mary Shelley, starting Elle Fanning.
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