Victor Frankenstein trailer: Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy star in a retelling with a very different monster

McAvoy takes a break from X-Men to play the deluded doctor

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Victor Frankenstein has dropped its first trailer, seeing James McAvoy play the brilliant doctor and Daniel Radcliffe his assistant Igor.

Think of Frankenstein’s monster and you probably think of a bulbous-headed, looming figure with bolts in his neck - a depiction that originated in James Whale’s popular 1931 adaptation of the story.

The latest version however, looks like this:

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It’s perhaps closer to the beast made from raw materials suppled by “the dissecting room and the slaughter-house” that Mary Shelley described in her original novel than 1931’s cadaverous monster, but also oddly primate-like in appearance.

Radcliffe play’s Frankenstein’s assistant Igor meanwhile (originally named Fritz), in a very slick retelling that at times looks like a Jane Austen adaptation were it not for all the levers, electrodes and guts.

Victor Frankenstein was directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) from a script by Max Landis (American Ultra) and opens in US cinemas on 25 November and UK cinemas on 4 December.