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Jessica Brown Findlay joins Daniel Radcliffe's Frankenstein

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Story by Jack Foley

FORMER Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay is to star opposite Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy in a new movie version of Frankenstein.

The 20th Century Fox adaptation of the classic Mary Shelley horror is being directed by Paul McGuigan, from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle), and will be told from the perspective of Igor, the hunchbacked assistant to Victor Frankenstein.

Former Harry Potter star Radcliffe is playing Igor, while X-Men star McAvoy is playing the doctor who has plans to build a human body.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Findlay will play a trapeze artist who is saved by Igor after an accident, who subsequently becomes very close to him. The role is the female lead.

Radcliffe recently told the trade publication while promoting Horns in Toronto: “It’s about two young, brilliant guys pushing each other. Eventually one loses his morality and the other has to bring him back.”

Findlay played Lady Sybil on Downton Abbey for three seasons before her character was killed off in one of the big surprises of the show.

She will shortly be seen making her American studio debut in the Warner Bros. drama Winter’s Tale alongside Will Smith, Colin Farrell and Matt Bomer.

Related: Read our interview with Jessica Brown Findlay

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