Eckhart, Nighy, Strahovski and Otto descend on Melbourne in their quest to find “I, FRANKENSTEIN

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2012 -The international and Australian cast of I, FRANKENSTEIN has begun to arrive in Melbourne ahead of the film’s February 27 start of production date.

Cast members including Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Thank you for Smoking, Erin Brockovich), Bill Nighy (Underworld, Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings, South Solitary), Yvonne Strahovski (Killer Elite, I Love You Too) and Socratis Otto (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) will call The Garden State home for the ten-week shoot, however locals shouldn’t be alarmed if there’s a certain darkness in the air.

Picking up where Mary Shelly’s classic novel left off, I, FRANKENSTEIN follows Dr. Frankenstein’s creature (Eckhart) into a present day, gothic metropolis. There he is drawn into an epic power struggle between two immortal clans, a battle which will decide the fate of mankind.

Writer/director, Stuart Beattie expands, “Mary Shelley’s story is about the creation of the first human being. I, FRANKENSTEIN is the story about that being becoming human.”

A collaboration between Lakeshore Entertainment and Hopscotch Features, I, FRANKENSTEIN is written and directed by Stuart Beattie  (Pirates of the Caribbean, Tomorrow When the War Began) and based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux (Underworld).

With an enviable list of films under their belt, the producing team includes Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg (Million Dollar Baby, Underworld) and Gary Lucchesi (Primal Fear, Million Dollar Baby) along with Hopscotch’s Andrew Mason (The Matrix, Tomorrow When the War Began), Lakeshore’s Richard S. Wright (The Lincoln Lawyer, Underworld), and Sidney Kimmel (Death at a Funeral, Lars and the Real Girl).

With an expected late 2012 release, Hopscotch/eOne are releasing the film in Australia while Lionsgate will be distributing the film in the US.  Hopscotch Features’ Troy Lum (Executive Producer) said “Our rewarding production partnership with Lakeshore continues to develop as I, FRANKENSTEIN begins shooting in Victoria. It’s fantastic that the second film from Hopscotch Features to go into production is such an exciting project, and we are delighted to be working with the Lakeshore team on home soil here in Australia”.