The highest paid actress in Hollywood since 2018, Scarlett Johansson, is taking Mary Shelley’s classic horror story, Frankenstein, to new heights in the most recent film adaptation, Bride. Johansson is playing Bride of Frankenstein, twisting the character in a different direction from James Whale’s 1935 film adaptation, and giving the character a spotlight she’s never received before.
As Johansson’s role redefines Whale’s original concept, so does this film enhance, even further, Shelley’s original message about the dangers of mastering, and manipulating, certain areas of science. While Frankenstein cautions readers on man’s (humanity’s) desire to bring back the dead through reanimation, and the questions Victor Frankenstein’s reasons for taking so drastic an action, Bride takes this cautionary horror tale a step further. Johansson will star as the ideal woman, given life through science though not human, who “rejects her male creator and escapes from his obsessive clutches to create a new identity for herself in a world that initially views her as a monster.”
This genre-hybrid film is directed by Sebastián Lelio, well known for his other films featuring female leads, Gloria bell and A Fantastic Woman. It is co-written between Lelio, Lauren Schuker Blum, and Rebecca Angelo.
“It is long overdue for Bride to step out of the shadow of her male counterpart and stand alone,” Johansson — who’s producing the project with Jonathan Lia through their These Pictures company — told The Hollywood Reporter. “Working alongside Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Schuker Blum, Sebastián and I are extremely excited to emancipate this classic anti-heroine and reanimate her story to reflect the change we see today.”
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