Scarlett Johansson will take on a classic monster role with a twist. The actor will play the lead role in Bride, a feature film take on the classic Bride of Frankenstein character.
Bride is described as a “genre-bending take on the well-known character’s story.” It follows a woman modeled as the ideal wife who rejects her male creator and escapes from his obsessive clutches. She then tries to create a new identity for herself in a world that views her as a monster.
Sebastián Lelio will direct the Apple and A24 film. Lelio previously won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for A Fantastic Woman. He also co-wrote the script with Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo. (Angelo also wrote Ryan Gosling’s upcoming Wolfman.)
“It is long overdue for Bride to step out of the shadow of her male counterpart and stand alone,” Johansson 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.”
Though related to the classic monster character, Johansson’s Bride film is not related to Universal’s monster movie remakes. Ultimately, Universal also plans to produce a Bride of Frankenstein film. However, those plans are still in the very early stages. The studio will first produce a Wolfman film starring Ryan Gosling. 2017’s The Mummy starring Tom Cruise was also part of this classic monster series.
Meanwhile, Johansson fans continue to wait for the release of Marvel’s Black Widow, which has suffered multiple release delays due to COVID-19.
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Source: Hollywood Reporter