Guillermo del Toro’s Frankenstein: Christoph Waltz joins the cast


Guillermo del Toro reveals that Christoph Waltz has joined the cast of his long-awaited Frankenstein movie which starts shooting next year.

Guillermo del Toro has wanted to direct an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for decades, and at long last, he’s finally going to do it. It was reported earlier this year that the Frankenstein movie is set to star Oscar Isaac, Andrew Garfield, and Mia Goth, but while speaking with Collider at the 10th anniversary IMAX 3D screening of Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro dropped one more name: Christoph Waltz.

I’m doing Frankenstein,” Guillermo del Toro said. “We’re working on it. We start shooting in February, and it’s a movie I have been wanting to do for 50 years since I saw the first Frankenstein. I had an epiphany, and it’s basically a movie that required a lot of growth and a lot of tools that I couldn’t have done 10-20 years ago. Now I’m brave or crazy enough or something, and we’re gonna tackle it. It’s Oscar Isaac, Andrew Garfield, Christoph Waltz, Mia Goth, and we’re working on it.

Christoph Waltz has worked with Guillermo del Toro before, lending his voice to Count Volpe in the director’s stop-motion animated Pinocchio movie. Speaking of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, the film is set to receive a lovely 4K release courtesy of the Criterion Collection on December 12th.


There’s no word on who Christoph Waltz would play in the Frankenstein movie; perhaps a Doctor Pretorius type of character?

The project was once set up at Universal over a decade ago with Doug Jones set to play Frankenstein’s monster, and the director said that it would be the most personal film he’d ever make. “I’m being very faithful to trying to encompass the whole narrative of the novel,” del Toro said at the time. “I’m being very faithful in that I’m trying to capture the spirit of the novel, when I read it as a kid, and how it impacted me. I recognize that it’s both biography and prophecy about my life. It’s a very personal film. In many ways it’s the most personal film I’ll ever make, because my connection with the creature is very profound and deep and I don’t think there’s any other monster that has affected me as much.

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