Jacob Elordi Confirms Casting as Frankenstein’s Monster in Guillermo Del Toro’s Netflix Adaptation

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  • Jacob Elordi replaces Andrew Garfield in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Frankenstein adaptation on Netflix.
  • Elordi joins a star-studded cast including Oscar Isaac and Mia Goth in the classic tale of Victor Frankenstein and his tragic creation.
  • Del Toro, a three-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker, will direct and produce the film, which has been a dream project for him for years.


Jacob Elordi has finally broken his silence about replacing Andrew Garfield in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Frankenstein adaptation for Netflix. Reports that Garfield had exited the project due to scheduling conflicts started to circulate at the beginning of the month, and now Elordi has shared his excitement about working with del Toro. He joins a star-studded cast that includes Oscar Isaac (who will portray scientist Victor Frankenstein), Mia Goth, Christoph Watlz, Felix Kammerer, Lars Mikkelsen, David Bradley, and Christian Convery.

While appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the host said to Elordi that he heard the actor had been cast in the new Frankenstein movie, to which Elordi responded: “Same.” He then went on:

Yeah, I’m playing Frankenstein’s creature… for Guillermo, who is the God of monsters. He’s the kindest man, and he’s so sincere. He’s brilliant.

According to the film’s official logline:

“Guillermo del Toro adapts Mary Shelley’s classic tale of Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant but egotistical scientist who brings a creature to life in a monstrous experiment that ultimately leads to the undoing of both the creator and his tragic creation.”

Elordi is one of Hollywood’s most popular young actors. He rose to popularity in Netflix’s The Kissing Booth trilogy (films the actor has gone on record saying he didn’t want to make) and later starred in Euphoria as Nate Jacobs. He is expected to return for the Max series’ anticipated third season. Elordi has received recent praise for portraying Elvis in Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla and his role in Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn.

He will next appear in Paul Schrader’s Oh, Canada, and On Swift Horses alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones. Elordi is set to host Saturday Night Live later this month, where he will be joined by musical guest Reneé Rapp on January 20.

Del Toro, meanwhile, is a three-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker whose credits include Pan’s Labyrinth, Nightmare Alley, Hellboy, Cronos, and The Devil’s Backbone.

Related: Why Guillermo del Toro is a Perfect Director for Frankenstein


Guillermo del Toro Finally Taps into Frankenstein

A close-up of Boris Karloff starring as Frankenstein
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Del Toro will write the screenplay and direct Frankenstein, which has long been a dream project for the Academy Award-winning filmmaker; he will also produce alongside J. Miles Dale. In October, following an IMAX 3D screening of Pacific Rim, del Toro spoke on why the time is ideal to bring his version of Frankenstein into fruition:

“I’m doing Frankenstein […] So, we’re working on it. We start shooting in February. And, I mean, it’s a movie I have been wanting to do for 50 years since I saw the first Frankenstein and I had an epiphany. And it’s basically a movie that requires — required — a lot of growth and a lot of tools that I couldn’t have done 10 years ago, 20 years ago. Now, I’m brave or crazy enough or something, and we’re gonna tackle it. It’s Oscar Isaac, Andrew Garfield [who was still attached to the project at the time], Christoph Waltz, Mia Goth, and we’re working on it.”

Del Toro’s Frankenstein marks the latest collaboration between the acclaimed filmmaker and Netflix; it follows Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (which earned an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film), the animated films Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans and Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia, and the anthology series Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities. He is also working on a stop-motion animated adaptation of The Buried Giant for the streamer. Based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel of the same name, the feature follows the journey of Axl and Beatrice, a couple who set off on a journey to find their son, who they have not seen for some time, and actually do not remember very well.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was published in 1818; the gothic horror novel follows scientist Victor Frankenstein, who brings a giant creature to life. The novel, which explores themes of creation, death, isolation, and love, and its titular monster, has inspired numerous films, including 1931’s Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, and Young Frankenstein. The critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-winning Poor Things, starring Emma Stone, is based on Alasdair Gray’s novel of the same name and serves as a retelling of Shelley’s novel.

There is currently no word on a release date for del Toro’s Frankenstein.

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