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Giedroyc’s “Mary Shelley’s Monster” Places Chokers on Farmiga, Irvine & Sophie Turner

Shakespeare, Poe, Brontë and Shelley. Parlaying their television success for feature film opportunities, helmer Coky Giedroyc (AMC’s “The Killing” and Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”) will make her sophomore feature film (almost a decade and a half since here debut) and is being joined by Sophie Turner (“Game of Thrones” fame), Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story” fame) and Jeremy Irvine (The Railway Man) on Mary Shelley’s Monster. Deadline reports that Rose Ganguzza (Kill Your Darlings), Branded Pictures Ent.’ J Todd Harris (The Family Tree) & Marc Marcum and relatively new Damon Lane are producing with filming to begin later this year in the UK and Malta.

Gist: Scripted by Deborah Baxtrom, this tracks the young writer as she writes her seminal novel and is drawn into a Faustian bargain with her own “monster” of an alter ego, who offers literary fame at a desperate personal cost. Turner is cast as Shelley, Irvine as Percy Shelley and Farmiga as Mary’s stepsister Claire Clairmont.

Worth Noting: Pointed out by the trade, Shelley first published her Gothic horror classic Frankenstein anonymously at the age of 21.

Do We Care?: Proposed by Rose Ganguzza as a “19th century teenage heroine told in a visceral, sexy, contemporary way”, we’ll approach this as we do with all period pics about beloved authors — a cautioned curiosity.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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