'Harry Potter' actor eyeing the role of Hunchback in a 'revisionist take' on Mary Shelley's tale

Daniel Radcliffe is being lined up to star in a new Frankenstein movie from Sherlock director Paul McGuigan.

According to The Wrap, the actor is interested in the role of Hunchback, the assistant who helps Henry Frankenstein to create his monster. The character has often been referred to as “Igor” in previous film and TV adaptations.

In this version, Hunchback becomes the lead role and is described as “pathologically dirty and dressed in old clown’s clothing”. The film is billed as a “revisionist” and “sci-fi” take on Mary Shelley‘s classic novel.

The script by Chronicle writer Max Landis is said to be “getting finalised”, at which point “serious talks will begin with actors”. Director Paul McGuigan, who has helmed four episodes of the BBC’s hit Sherlock series, joined the project recently after a previous director dropped out.

Earlier this year, Harry Potter star Radcliffe made a successful foray into this genre with The Woman In Black, which became the highest-grossing British horror film in 20 years. He will next be seen in Kill Your Darlings, a film about the Beat Generation poets of the 1950s, which is scheduled for release in 2013.