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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.