Sherlock director Paul McGuigan was clearly charmed by Andrew Scott during filming on the BBC detective drama, so much so that he’s added him to the cast of his new adaptation of Frankenstein.
Scott – best known for playing Sherlock Holmes’s nemesis Moriarty – will join Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy on the project, which started filming earlier this week in the UK. While it is currently unclear which role the Sherlock actor will be playing, McAvoy is confirmed to portray Victor Von Frankenstein, the scientist repulsed by his creation of a reanimated monster.
Mary Shelley’s gothic classic will be given a twist, told through the eyes of his shuffling helper, Igor (played by Radcliffe – most recently seen in Beat Generation flick Kill Your Darlings).
McGuigan will take the director’s chair, with filming expected to continue through to March next year. His previous credits include Wicker Park, Lucky Number Slevin and four episodes of Sherlock – A Study in Pink, The Great Game, A Scandal in Belgravia and The Hounds of Baskerville.
McAvoy was first reported to be in talks for the role in July, and will follow in the footsteps of Colin Clive, Peter Cushing and Kenneth Branagh who have all portrayed the overreaching scientist, along with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller who alternated the role in Danny Boyle’s stage production of the story.
Scott can next be seen in BBC2 espionage thriller Legacy (tonight at 9pm) and is rumoured to feature in the resolution to The Reichenbach Fall mystery when Sherlock returns in the coming months.
Read our interview with Andrew Scott