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Javier Bardem Joins “Monsters Universe” as Frankenstein?

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Academy Award winner Javier Bardem is currently in talks for the iconic role of Frankenstein in Universal’s upcoming Monsters Universe!

UPDATE: 7/11/2016 – We’d like to thank one of our fellow sources for this tip. We truly appreciate our followers, friends, and fans.  The current situation behind Javier Bardem as Frankenstein is the possibility that he will be included in other Universal Monsters films either before a solo picture or in lieu of a standalone film.  The same applies for Russell Crowe’s Dr. Henry Jekyll.  There are no solid plots or plans (at least revealed to us) in regards to a standalone “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” film.

The Monsters Universe has quickly expanded over this past year as Universal has steadily moved forward with their relaunch of their classic monsters.  Starting with the casting of Sofia Boutella (KingsmanTiger Raid, and Star Trek Beyond), and continuing with Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man and Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, it is currently being reported that Javier Bardem is in talks for the role of Frankenstein!

Mia Galuppo of The Hollywood Reporter broke the news first and it is currently being reported that while Bardem is in talks, it’s unclear if this would be for the role of Dr. Victor Frankenstein or Frankenstein’s Monster.

It is still unclear if Bardem will portray either Dr. Frankenstein or Frankenstein’s monster. Furthermore, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the Oscar winner is not necessarily in negotiations to play Frankenstein in a stand-alone movie, but rather will act as a player in Universal’s greater monsters universe.

It’s worth noting that Javier Bardem was originally a contender for the role of Dr. Henry Jekyll which ultimately went to Academy Award winner Russell Crowe.  If casting continues for the Monsters Universe in this fashion, we could very well be looking at the addition of actors like Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Eddie Redmayne in future installments.

The addition of Javier Bardem to this developing universe under the watch of Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan would be quite welcome as he’s a fine actor and consistently entertaining professional.  Alongside the likes of Sofia Boutella, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, and possibly Dwayne Johnson, the age of gods and monsters is definitely upon us!

Stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe for the latest.

(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)

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Steven Biscotti

Mild mannered reporter, Steven Biscotti, has an avid interest in all things comic books, movies, and music (especially pertaining to Coldplay.) He stands 5'7" tall and prides himself on being the same height as Tom Cruise. Steven's favorite monster movie? "The Mummy (1999)."

Readers Comments (2)

  1. I hope he’s closer to the literary version. We don’t have enough of those, and the one in Penny Dreadful was excellent.

    • Yes! That’d be great and good, ole’ John Clare! ‘Penny Dreadful’ was a terrific show and an amazing template for how monsters could all exist in one world. I think Javier Bardem is just the right person for the job. Should be good!


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