The Danny Boyle-directed stage production of Frankenstein at London’s National Theatre features actors Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch alternating roles. One evening, Miller is Victor Frankenstein and Cumberbatch is the Creature; the next, Miller is the Creature and Cumberbatch is Victor Frankenstein. Watching the trailer below in which the actors morph in and out of the characters, I found looking at Jonny Lee Miller as the monster made me sad. He’s just too handsome to be mutilated. (I don’t even want to think about the fetal position I would be lying in right now if that had been Jude Law.) It cuts deeper than seeing Bradley Cooper so unkempt at the start of the Limitless trailer. But at least the payoff with Frankenstein is bound to be greater as we see how that response affects our feelings for the Creature.
The National Theatre is broadcasting two performances into movie theaters internationally on March 17 and March 24. (Find a theater near you here. Dates may vary.) One evening features Miller as Victor, the other as the Creature. Which would you pick? After much consideration, I think the only acceptable answer is… both.