Kit Harington to star in rock 'n' roll Mary Shelley film

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Kit Harington Kit Harington will lead the cast of Mary’s Monster, a new, high-concept, rock ‘n’ roll take on Mary Shelley’s mental struggle to write her seminal novel, Frankenstein.

In the feature, which comes from Fulwell 73, the monster will appear to Mary as the manifestation of her own fragile and damaged psyche, while re-imagining the anarchic and hedonistic spirit of the Romantic era. 

Clara Rugaard plays Mary Shelley, with Harington as playing the Monster; Ferdia Walsh-Peelo will play Mary’s husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and Sebastian De Souza is Byron. 

Farren Blackburn directs from a screenplay by Deborah Baxtrom and Stephen Hallett. Fulwell 73’s Leo Pearlman and Heather Greenwood will produce, alongside Rose Picture’s Rose Ganguzza, Max Born, Jake Alden-Falconer and Damon Lane. 

Fulwell 73’s Richard Kondal and Patrick Fischer are exec producers alongside executive music producer Marius de Vries; the casting director is Kelly Valentine Hendry. Legion M will executive produce through production and release. 

Harington said: “Mary’s Monster is a brilliantly original and fascinating script and I’m relishing the idea of depicting the unique part of The Monster. An embodiment of Mary Shelley’s psyche. I’m excited by Farren’s vision and passion for the project.”

Director Blackburn added: “Mary’s Monster is a film about female voice, mental health, gender politics and a disenfranchised youth. For me, no character in history has ever captured the zeitgeist quite like Mary Shelley and Mary’s Monster is THE defining period film for the modern YA generation. 

“As a filmmaker, I love that genre allows us to hold a magnifying glass up to these kinds of issues and look at them in the most imaginative way possible and in my opinion it doesn’t get more imaginative than Mary Shelley facing off against her own inner Monster! Films this unique and original don’t come along too often and I’m beyond excited to be at the helm.”

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