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Bill Nighy is Your Villain for ‘I, Frankenstein,’ Otto to Assist

Sure, you could argue that man is the real monster
in Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, but for Lionsgate’s upcoming modernization, I, Frankenstein, they’ve picked Bill
Nighy
to play the film’s supernatural villain. He’ll be joined by Australian
actor Socratis Otto and the pair is set to menace star Aaron Eckhart, who joined
the project last October
. You can hear Nighy later this month in the animated Arthur Christmas, while newcomer Otto will
be appearing in next year’s serial killer thriller, Gone.

Based on the comic-book from Underworld creator Kevin Grevioux, I, Frankenstein
will follow Eckhart’s Adam as he gets embroiled in a war between rival clans
while being pursued by a demon prince, played by Nighy, who seeks the genetic
secret that has made Adam immortal. Otto will be playing Nighy’s lackey, and
the film is set for release in early 2013, with fellow Australian Stuart
Beattie
directing.

Negotiations quickly
led to a signing of the prolific Brit Nighy, who has been busy appearing in
major franchises like “Harry Potter”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and next year’s
Wrath of the Titans. Otto meanwhile
is all but unknown in North America, having minor roles in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Matrix: Reloaded, when not starring
in the long-running Australian soap opera, Home
and Away
. That might sound a little insulting, but it’s the same show where
Isla Fisher and Thor star Chris
Hemsworth got their start, so there’s still hope Otto will soon become a household name. 

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