Heading into the Cannes market, Mary’s Monster details famed author Mary Shelley’s struggles in writing the literary classic “Frankenstein”.
Deadline reports today that Clara Rugaard (I Am Mother) will be playing Shelley while “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington will portray “the monster”.
The period film, which will have a contemporary sheen to it, will deal with Mary’s mental struggle to write her seminal novel…
“Mary is seduced by her own inner monster catapulting her into a dangerous, destructive psychological romance. Realizing the monster is inextricably linked to her own mental state, her only route to salvation is in bringing him to life”.
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Coda) will play Mary’s husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and Sebastian de Souza (Normal People) will play Byron.
Described by producers as a “high-concept, rock’n’roll take” on the Romantic period, shooting is due to begin in the UK in August of this year.
BAFTA winner Farren Blackburn (The Fades) will direct from a script by Deborah Baxtrom and Stephen Hallett. Curating the soundtrack will be executive music producer Marius De Vries (La La Land) who will also serve as executive producer. Kelly Valentine Hendry (Bridgerton) is casting director.
“Mary’s Monster is a film about female voice, mental health, gender politics and a disenfranchised youth,” said Blackburn. “For me, no character in history has ever captured the zeitgeist quite like Mary Shelley and Mary’s Monster is the defining period film for the modern YA generation. As a filmmaker, I love that genre allows us to hold a magnifying glass up to these kinds of issues and look at them in the most imaginative way possible and in my opinion it doesn’t get more imaginative than Mary Shelley facing off against her own inner Monster! Films this unique and original don’t come along too often and I’m beyond excited to be at the helm.”