There are so many Frankenstein projects these days it can be hard to tell which is which. But this one should stand out. It’s a theatrical screening of a stage play. Yawn? Right? Well, it’s from Danny Boyle (Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting). That dude deserves your respect. If you’re a fan of the character (or of Boyle’s) then you might want to pencil June 6th or June 7th into your calendar. Because those are the only two dates you’ll be able to see it.
The play stars Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Dark Shadows) and Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock Holmes”, the upcoming Star Trek 2) and they trade off roles – so there are two versions of the film with one of them playing the Monster in one and vice versa in the other.
Per Deadline, “Filmmaker Danny Boyle’s acclaimed production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at London’s National Theatre is coming to select U.S. cinemas on June 6 and 7. Boyle’s production of [Nick] Dear’s reinterpretation of the gothic tale was filmed twice, so audiences can see both men in both parts. Originally performed and recorded live in March of last year, Frankenstein will be broadcast to more than 200 U.S. movie theaters.”
Better figure out where it’s playing and line up, if you’re so inclined.