Sophie Turner, best known for her role as Sansa Stark in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, is set to play the author of Frankenstein. The biopic, titled Mary Shelley’s Monster, is set to co-star Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Taissa Farmiga (The Bling Ring).
Directed by Coky Giedroyc, known for his directing work on TV’s The Killing and Penny Dreadful, and penned by Deborah Baxtrom, Mary Shelley’s Monster is set to be a gothic romance of sorts. Deadline broke the news, quoting producer Rose Ganguzza (Kill Your Darlings) as saying that the film will see “the story of the most extraordinary 19th century teenage heroine told in a visceral, sexy, contemporary way.” Ganguzza further explains, “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…”
Irvine is to star as Mary’s husband Percy Shelley and Farmiga will play Mary’s stepsister Claire Clairmont.
This certainly sounds like an interesting take on Mary Shelley’s life, and it should prove to be decidedly different from the Elle Fanning-starring biopic being brought to life by director Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda).
Production on Mary Shelley’s Monster will begin later this year in the UK and Malta.