Another day, another Universal Monster movie. Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem is reportedly being sought for the role of Frankenstein in an upcoming Universal Monster film.
Variety, who first broke the news, says that Bardem would likely appear in “another monster pic first with the possibility of getting a spin-off down the road” instead of “Bride of Frankenstein” or “The Mummy,” both in various stages of production for Universal. Other planned monster films include “The Wolfman,” “The Invisible Man” and “Van Helsing.”
The outlet also reports the Bardem was originally sought for the role of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde in “The Mummy” with Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis, but he passed and the role ultimately went to Russell Crowe.
That film is the first in the planned series, and is currently filming in London. The synopsis for that film is as follows:
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “Star Trek Beyond”) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, “The Mummy” brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
No official plot details have been released for the other films in the planned series.
Bardem is currently filming Darren Aronofsky‘s untitled film with Jennifer Lawrence, Domhnall Gleeson and Michelle Pfeiffer. He also has “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” due for release next summer.