Annette Bening in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “Bride of Frankenstein”

Annette Bening has joined the cast of the remake of the classic horror film “Bride of Frankenstein.” The film is directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, with Jessie Buckley in the lead role. Christian Bale has also been previously cast in the project.

The initial development of the project was undertaken by Netflix, but it currently belongs to Warner Bros.

What do we know about the new version of “Bride of Frankenstein”?

So far, details of the plot have not been disclosed, but we can speculate that, similar to the original film, Gyllenhaal’s version will tell the story of the lonely Frankenstein, who seeks the help of Dr. Euphronius in creating a companion. Together, they bring a murdered young woman back to life, giving rise to the Bride.

Penélope Cruz and Peter Sarsgaard are also part of the cast.

The film’s production is being handled by Emma Tillinger Koskoff, a three-time Oscar nominee (“Joker,” “The Irishman,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), and Gyllenhaal herself.

Work on the film began before the Hollywood strikes of the previous year and can now resume.

Unrealized Remakes of “Bride of Frankenstein”

Hollywood has long been considering a remake of the classic 1935 horror film. Recently, there was a version planned to be part of the Universal Studios’ “monster universe,” alongside Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy.” It was intended to be a feminist take on the classic story, with a script by David Koepp (“Jurassic Park”). Bill Condon (“Beauty and the Beast”) was a candidate to direct the film, expressing his fascination with “Bride of Frankenstein” for years. His film “Gods and Monsters” (1998) explored the final days of James Whale, the director of “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein,” played by Ian McKellen.

What is “Bride of Frankenstein” about?

The 1935 “Bride of Frankenstein,” directed by James Whale, serves as a sequel to the 1931 “Frankenstein” and is regarded as one of the best sequels in cinema history. The film follows the mad scientist Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), a rival of Baron Frankenstein (Colin Clive), as he creates a woman (Elsa Lanchester) for the monster using the remains of deceased human women. The surviving Monster (Boris Karloff) hopes that she will become his companion.

Trailer for the film “Bride of Frankenstein”

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