Christian Bale transforms into Frankenstein for ‘The Bride’

Maggie Gyllenhaal shared a first look at Christian Bale and Jessie Buckley in The bride.

On Thursday morning, the director uploaded footage from a camera test to Instagram, showing Bale’s latest on-screen transformation into Frankenstein, alongside his lover, the eponymous Bride (Buckley). The photos were taken by photographer Niko Tavernise.

Bale’s version of the monster features a scarred face, sutures across his forehead, and a stitched chest adorned with a tattoo that reads “Hope.” Meanwhile, Buckley appears in a finger-wavy bleach blonde hairstyle, with splatters of ink covering his cheek.

In The bride, Gyllenhaal puts a new spin on Mary Shelley’s story, setting it in 1930s Chicago. According to its logline, a lonely Frankenstein calls on Dr. Euphronios to create a companion for himself. They revive a murdered woman, thus creating the titular wife.

In early February, Bale said he was about to begin filming the film for THR. “I have to shave my head next week [for the role as Frankenstein]”, he said at the time. “I asked them to let me wait, but everyone was like, ‘What’s wrong with Bale? What’s happening to him?’ I said, ‘Let me go through the revolutionary ceremony [of his construction project for 12 new homes for foster children] and then I will go and join you.’

The film was originally intended to be a Netflix production, but ultimately moved to Warner Bros. Annette Bening, Penelope Cruz and Peter Sarsgaard are expected to play alongside Buckley and Bale. This is Gyllenhaal’s second time behind the camera, following this one in 2021. The lost girlwhich also starred Buckley.

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