Benedict Cumberbatch wanted for Frankenstein role

Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch The Independent

DIRECTOR Guillermo del Toro has revealed he would like to cast Benedict Cumberbatch in his forthcoming film Frankenstein.

The Pan's Labyrinth creator is due to direct Cumberbatch in haunted flick Crimson Peak early next year, but looks to be vying for the British star, who has already played Dr Victor Frankenstein on the London stage.

The Pacific Rim director told The Telegraph he is "hoping to direct Cumberbatch again in a new film version of Frankenstein".

Cumberbatch previously played Dr Frankenstein in a Danny Boyle theatre adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic novel at the National Theatre in 2011.

The actor, who won an Olivier Award for his performance, alternated the roles of doctor and monster each night with Jonny Lee Miller.

Del Toro's interest in Cumberbatch could mark yet another Hollywood role for the British actor, who has recently starred in Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Star Trek: Into Darkness and The Fifth Estate, in which he plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

He is also due to finish filming the third season of Sherlock later this summer, and will soon begin shooting The Imitation Game, a biopic of WWII code-breaker Alan Turing.

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