EXCLUSIVE: In a new take on the life and lore of Frankenstein authoress Mary Shelley, Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner (Barely Lethal, Alone) has been cast as Shelley herself opposite Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Stonewall) as Percy Shelley. Scripted by Deborah Baxtrom, Mary Shelley’s Monster tracks the young writer as she writes her seminal novel and is drawn into a Faustian bargain with her own “monster” of an alter ego, who offers literary fame at a desperate personal cost.Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story, The Bling Ring) is attached in a supporting role as Mary’s stepsister Claire Clairmont.
The real Shelley first published her Gothic horror classic Frankenstein anonymously at the age of 21 after marrying the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Monster envisions her life as “the story of the most extraordinary 19th century teenage heroine told in a visceral, sexy, contemporary way,” per producer Rose Ganguzza, who produced last year’s Beat Generation drama Kill Your Darlings. “Our film is not a period drama. It is a story of youth that transcends time, a gothic romance, a love triangle that involves a dark passenger and we are tremendously excited to have such an exciting cast onboard this wonderful project.”
Director Coky Giedroyc is helming after directing episodes of AMC’s The Killing and Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. Producers are Ganguzza, J Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right), Damon Lane and Marc Marcum. Filming is slated to begin later this year in the UK and Malta. Turner is repped by CAA and Independent in the UK. Irvine is repped by CAA and Hatton McEwan Penford. Farmiga is repped by ICM Partners and Authentic Talent and Literary Management. Giedroyc is repped by UTA and Independent and Deborah Baxtrom is repped by ICM Partners and Zero Gravity Management.
Sculpted and hand finished by professional artist Thomas Kuebler, the skull of Frankenstein’s monster was cast in solid resin, chosen for its resemblance to actual human bone. Measuring at around 15 inches from the cranium to the wooden base, no detail was spared in recreating the unmistakable skull of one of horror’s most recognizable monsters. This skull sold at an auction for $1275.00.
After years of working in the corporate art world of toy design prototypes and bringing robots to life in the animatronics field, Thomas Kuebler opted to explore his full creative potential as a multi-media sculptor. Armed with the tools of his trade, a supportive wife and the odd inhabitants of his own personal fiction, he set forth on a mission to bring the world inside his head to life.
Kuebler’s award-winning silicone character sculptures have exhibited at venues such as The Society of Illustrators, NYC; Galeria Clave, Spain; Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica; The Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania and The Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio. Other venues include the offices of DC Comics, Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak House and private collections around the world. His sculptures have been featured in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Rue Morgue, and Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, among other publications.
Thomas Kuebler, his wife, and their canine counterparts currently reside in North Carolina.
Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner has been cast as Mary Shelley, opposite Jeremy Irvine as Percy Shelley, in Mary Shelley’s Monster. Taissa Farmiga is attached in a supporting role as Mary’s stepsister Claire Clairmont.
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