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"Frankenstein" gets "Downton" star

Writer: Ezwan Mehzas

Jessica Brown Findlay in "Downton Abbey".

15 Sep – Television series "Downton Abbey" star Jessica Brown Findlay has been cast as the lead female role in 20th Century Fox's retelling of "Frankenstein". The remake also features Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and "X-Men: First Class" star James McAvoy as Victor Frankenstein.

Directing the remake is "Push" director Paul McGuigan. The film is a retelling of Mary Shelley's horror classic from the perspective of Igor, the hunchbacked assistant to Victor Frankenstein.

Findlay is cast as a trapeze artist who is saved by Igor after an accident and the two become close in the aftermath.

Collin Farrel and Jessica Brown Findlay on a horse in "Winter's Tale".

Findlay played Lady Sybil, the child of the Crawley clan, in "Downton Abbey". She has appeared in several TV series such as "Labyrinth" and "Misfits". She also received critical acclaim for starring in "Albatross" with Felicity Jones in 2011.

Her American debut will be the upcoming Warner Bros. drama "Winter's Tale". The film will feature Will Smith, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe and Matt Bomer. The film is expected to be shown in cinemas early 2014.

Cinema Online, 15 September 2013