I, Frankenstein

In Mary Shelley‘s classic novel, Victor Frankenstein is horrified the first time he looks upon his creation because the thing is flat-out hideous: eight feet tall, with watery eyes, black lips, and translucent yellow skin. The creature is so ugly, in fact, that Frankenstein immediately flees the room.

In Stuart Beattie‘s I, Frankenstein, however, he doesn’t look nearly so grotesque. In fact, with his chiseled features and washboard abs, he looks more like a movie star than a monster. Perhaps that’s because he’s played by an actual movie star, Aaron Eckhart. See the first official image from the modern-day epic, based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, after the jump.

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Stuart Beattie is currently directing Aaron Eckhart as a modern version of the creature from Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. The film I, Frankenstein is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Kevin Grevioux, with Eckhart taking a lot of inspiration for his version of the monster directly from the Shelly original.

Now we’ve got the first photos of Eckhart in costume and makeup for the film. Hit the jump to compare his look on set to the graphic novel depiction of the monster, above.  Read More »

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