Mary Shelley’s Monster

Elle Fanning plays Frankenstein’s creator

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BY: Claire Connors

It may surprise even those familiar with the gothic tale of Frankenstein, that the science-fiction story came from the active imagination of a teenaged girl. Mary Shelley was just eighteen years old and the young wife of 18th-Century poet Percy Shelley when she created the reanimated monster, still revered as one of the world’s most horrifying beasts, ever.

In the new film, Mary Shelley, we learn about the torrid love affair between the want-to-be writer (Elle Fanning) and her famous poet/husband, Percy, played by the hauntingly handsome British actor, Douglas Booth (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). When the couple are invited for a drunken getaway with Romantic poet and trouble-maker Lord Byron (Tom Sturridge), the marriage begins crumples just as Mary finds her voice as a writer.

With supporting roles including Game of ThronesMaisie Williams and Downton Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt, Mary Shelley promises to be as scary as it is dramatic.

Mary Shelley opens May 25th.