Lionsgate has found their Frankenstein. The studio announced today that Aaron Eckhart (of the upcoming The Rum Diary) has been cast as Adam Frankenstein in I, Frankenstein, based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux. Stuart Beattie adapted Grevioux's work for the screen and will direct the dramatic epic which will begin shooting in Australia in January.
Announcing Eckhart's casting co-COO and Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake stated, "We are thrilled to again be collaborating with Lakeshore Entertainment, and Aaron Eckhart, one of today's most versatile and talented actors. 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. 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."
Lionsgate expects to unleash the new Frankenstein's monster in theaters on February 22, 2013.
The I, Frankenstein synopsis: "I, Frankenstein is a modern-day epic: Frankenstein's creature, Adam, has survived to 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."
Explaining the difference between Frankenstein author Mary Shelley's classic tale and I, Frankenstein, writer/director Beattie said, "Mary Shelly's story is about the creation of the first human being. This is the story about that being becoming human."
Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Andrew Mason, and Richard Wright of Lakeshore are producing, with Hopscotch's Troy Lum and Kevin Grevioux executive producing.
(Photo of Aaron Eckhart by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)