Game Of Thrones' star Sophie Turner to play Frankenstein author Mary Shelley
Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in hugely successful HBO fantasy series Game Of Thrones, has signed up to play Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, in a new drama.
Turner will act alongside War Horse star Jeremy Irvine, who will play Shelley's husband Percy, while American Horror Story actress Taissa Farmiga is attached in a supporting role as Shelley’s stepsister Claire Clairmont. The film is set to be titled Mary Shelley's Monster, reports Deadline.
The movie will focus on the period during Shelley's life when she wrote Frankenstein, showing the dramatic effect writing the book had on her personal life and her relationship with her husband.
The film is being directed by Coky Giedroyc, who has recently been behind the camera on a number of episodes of acclaimed dramas The Killing and Penny Dreadful.
Speaking about the film, producer Rose Ganguzza said: "This is the story of the most extraordinary 19th century teenage heroine told in a visceral, sexy, contemporary way. Our film is not a period drama. It is a story of youth that transcends time, a gothic romance, a love triangle that involves a dark passenger and we are tremendously excited to have such an exciting cast onboard this wonderful project.”
Mary Shelley's Monster is the latest in a spate of films the have focused on Frankenstein and its surrounding world. Last year Aaron Eckhart starred in fantasy drama I, Frankenstein, and next year, James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe will star in a brand new Hollywood adaptation of Shelley's book.