Scarlett Johansson weds Bride of Frankenstein movie role
Sebastián Lelio will direct the genre-hybrid film for Apple and A24.
Scarlett Johansson is bringing new life to a classic icon.
Billed as a genre-bending take on the well-known character's story, the Apple and A24 film will follow a woman — modeled as the picturesque, ideal wife — who rejects her male creator and escapes from his obsessive clutches to create a new identity for herself in a world that initially views her as a monster.
Lelio, whose 2017 film A Fantastic Woman won the country of Chile an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, will co-write the script with Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, who wrote Ryan Gosling's Wolfman.
"It is long overdue for Bride to step out of the shadow of her male counterpart and stand alone,” Johansson — who's producing the project with Jonathan Lia through their These Pictures company — 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."
Bride — not related to Universal's gestating Bride of Frankenstein film written by David Koepp — marks the latest collaboration between Apple Original Films and A24, which recently partnered to release On the Rocks, the latest film from Johansson's Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola.