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Stars Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy expected at Chatham Historic Dockyard for new Frankenstein film

25 November 2013
by Rebecca Hughes

Daniel Radcliffe, pictured here as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan, is starring in a new Frankenstein film. Picture Johan Persson

Daniel Radcliffe, pictured here as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan, is starring in a new Frankenstein film. Picture: Johan Persson

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe could be coming to Medway as his next film is set to be filmed at the Historic Dockyard.

The cast and crew of a remake of horror classic Frankenstein are said to be coming to the Chatham tourist attraction "soon".

The re-imagining of Mary Shelly's tale will also star X-Men actor James McAvoy as Victor Von Frankenstein and Downton Abbey actress Jessica Brown Findlay.

Radcliffe, 24, will play Frankenstein's hunchback helper Igor in the film, expected to be released in 2015.

The film is being directed by Paul McGuigan, who has previously worked at the Dockyard while directing Sherlock.

The movie is said to offer a "revisionist" take on the classic horror novel, telling the story through the eyes of Igor.

Speaking about the film earlier this year, McAvoy - who has also appeared in Wanted, Gnomeo and Juliet, Atonement and The Chronicles Of Narnia – said it is a "dark adventure" that revolves around the friendship between the two characters.

Actor James McAvoy, pictured here in Wanted, will play Victor Von Frankenstein

Actor James McAvoy, pictured here in Wanted, will play Victor Von Frankenstein

"I don't think I've ever watched a Frankenstein movie," he said. "I've read the book, but this isn't based on Mary Shelly's Frankenstein that much.

"It's taken from it, obviously, as inspiration, but it goes on its own path really."


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McAvoy added: "It's more of an adventure and the relationship between these two guys – this brotherly relationship that we explore.

"It's a really dark adventure – it’s not really an action movie but it’s got a lot of action in it. But it's really about this relationship that forms the backbone of this adventure that they go on."

Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr in Sherlock Holmes, which was filmed at Chatham Historic Dockyard

Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr in Sherlock Holmes, which was filmed at Chatham Historic Dockyard

Russell Crowe filming Les Miserable in Chatham's Historic Dockyard

Russell Crowe filming Les Miserable in Chatham's Historic Dockyard

Scenes from Call the Midwife were shot at Chatham Historic Dockyard

Scenes from Call the Midwife were shot at Chatham Historic Dockyard

The Dockyard has become home to a host of hit movies in recent years, including Sherlock Holmes, Les Miserables and The Muppets, as well as popular television series such as Call the Midwife, Mr Selfridge and Downton Abbey.


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