When 20th Century Fox released the official synopsis for Victor Frankenstein back in June, it became clear that this was not your typical Frankenstein movie, since it is told from the perspective of Igor (Daniel Radcliffe), the troubled assistant to the title character (James McAvoy). While promoting Horns, Daniel Radcliffe offered new details about director Paul McGuigan's film, which he describes as a "fun adventure movie" and offers new details about Victor and Igor's relationship.
"I think our Frankenstein is a really kind of rip-roaring, fun adventure movie version of Frankenstein. I would really struggle to class it as horror. I think there are horror elements to it and nods to previous versions of Frankenstein, but it's much more a film about - the thing that I hope will make it stand out is the relationship between James' character and I. Victor and Igor are two people who come to need each other very much. The thing for me of the movie is actually about creation and, you know, Igor, my character, is taken out of this horrible abused life at the beginning of the movie and James sort of saves him and gives him this new life, sort of creating him in some sense, in creating this life that he has, and so because of that and because of the life he's been saved from, Igor feels forever that he has this sort of debt of loyalty and the film then becomes about how much can that debt be pushed? How much can that loyalty be pushed before - at what point do you have to step out from the shadows of the person that created you and go, 'I am my own person?' Or, do you forever defer to the person that is responsible for your life? So it's sort of, it's a film about relationships set against the backdrop of creating monsters."
When asked how Frankenstein's legendary monster fits into the story, the actor reveals fans won't see the creature until the very end.
"One of the biggest differences between us and other Frankensteins will be that, generally speaking, the main relationship is between Frankenstein and the monster and the monster is created in the middle of the movie, and in our version it's created right at the end and the journey up to that is really about how we come to that eventual idea. I've heard other people call it kind of an origin story for Frankenstein, but it's an origin story for a Frankenstein you have never met before, if that helps. The quote that I got in trouble with with the producers was saying, 'If you like the book, you'll hate the movie.' [Laughs] There is a lot of action in it as well."
Since Victor Frankenstein, which was written by Max Landis (Chronicle), doesn't hit theaters until October 2, 2015, it isn't clear when fans might get to see the first footage or photos featuring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy in character as Igor and Victor Frankenstein. Stay tuned for more details as we inch closer and closer to the release in less than a year.