Aaron Eckhart to Star in Stuart Beattie’s I, Frankenstein

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Aaron Eckhart to Star in Stuart Beattie's I, FrankensteinFinally some casting news is coming in for one of the many Frankenstein projects on the burners at multiple studios. Aaron Eckhart (Battle Los Angeles, The Dark Knight) has signed on to portray Adam Frankenstein in the Lakeshore Entertainment, Hopscotch Features, and Lionsgate production of I, Frankenstein.

From the Press Release:
The film was written and is to be directed by Stuart Beattie and is based on a graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, co-creator of the Underworld franchise. Lionsgate will distribute the film in the United States, Lakeshore will handle international sales, and E1/Hopscotch will distribute in Australia. A U.S. release is slated for February 22, 2013.

I, Frankenstein is a modern-day epic: Frankenstein’s creature, Adam, has survived to the present day due to a genetic quirk in his creation. Making his way to a dark, Gothic metropolis, he finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. As writer/director Beattie said, “Mary Shelley’s story is about the creation of the first human being. This is the story about that being becoming human.”

“This story is all about what it means to be human, and there could be no more achingly human performance than the one Aaron gave in our own Rabbit Hole. We are so excited to see what he will bring to this role.” said Lionsgate’s co-COO and Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake of the production. “This is a wonderfully imaginative script, and we are looking forward to seeing it brought to life by a talented filmmaker and to bringing this story to our loyal genre fans.”

“We’ve tremendously enjoyed making our Underworld franchise films, and we are looking forward to working with Stuart and our partners at Hopscotch and Lionsgate to create a new world for a legendary character,” said Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, adding, “We know that Aaron, with his proven range, depth and intelligence, is going to make an iconic Adam.”

Troy Lum of Hopscotch said, “We have wanted to work with Stuart on a big film in Australia, and when we had the opportunity earlier this year to expand our relationship with Lakeshore on the creation of a potential franchise, it all came together.”

Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Andrew Mason (who produced Beattie’s Tomorrow, When the War Began) and Richard Wright of Lakeshore are producing the film, with Hopscotch’s Troy Lum and Kevin Grevioux as executive producers.

Production will commence in Australia in January so look for more soon!

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