Javier Bardem has spoken out on his role as Frankenstein’s monster in the Dark Universe and if the project is still moving forward.
Back in 2017, Universal Studios was all set to create their own form of the Marvel Cinematic Universe based around their classic Monsters. Numerous high-profile actors were set to star in the films including Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe among many others. Unfortunately, the first installment of Dark Universe, The Mummy, bombed at the box office and was trashed by critics, causing the whole enterprise to be unofficially canceled.
In the Dark Universe, Javier Bardem was going to play the Frankenstein monster. The actor was set to portray the character in The Bride of Frankenstein and an untitled Frankenstein film. Neither project has been officially canceled but there is currently no word on when or if they will happen. In a recent interview with Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show, Bardem provided an update on the role and revealed that he had not heard anything about either project and as far as he knows they’re arent happening:
“I haven’t heard anything about it, so I don’t know what’s the state of that. Me personally, I would love to play Frankenstein. Actually, I would like to play both — Dr. Frankenstein and Frankenstein the monster. Because it’s the dichotomy and the contradiction of one, the same being. But I don’t know if that’s going to be the case or not. As far as I know, it’s not happening.”
Since these projects were canceled, Universal has attempted to reshape the Dark Universe into smaller, more self-contained projects. The first of these was The Invisible Man which earned over $122M worldwide on a $7M budget. Universal currently has a Wolfman project in development with Ryan Gosling and a Dracula project titled Renfield starring Nicholas Hoult as the titular character and Nicolas Cage as Dracula. There are currently no Frankenstein-based projects in active development.
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