First Images Rise From Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Bride’

April 4, 2024

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A first glimpse of Christian Bale and Jesse Buckley from director Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s upcoming Frankenstein movie The Bride has arrived. The images were not revealed by the studio or stars but instead by Gyllenhaul’s godmother, Jamie Lee Curtis, on Instagram. Judging by the first images, The Bride is going the same route as the upcoming reboot of The Crow, with both of their stars being heavily tattooed and giving off a dark vibe.

A Reimagining:

The film is a modern reimagining of Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. And it will be a departure from the classic 1935 film. Gyllenhaal’s vision transports us to a gritty 1930s Chicago. Here, a lonely Frankenstein seeks the aid of a mysterious Dr. Euphronius to create a companion. But his pursuit of love takes a dark and unexpected turn. The reanimated Bride proves to be far more than either man anticipated.  A passionate romance, the love draws the attention of authorities and even sparks a social movement.

Gyllenhaal earned acclaim for her directorial debut, 2021’s The Lost Daughter. With this intriguing reimagining, she continues exploring female-driven narratives.

The Cast

Oscar-winning actress Annette Bening joins Jessie Buckley (Men) and Christian Bale. Penelope Cruz and Peter Sarsgaard round out the impressive cast.

Bale steps into the role of the iconic Universal Monster, which first debuted on film in 1910. The Oscar winner is well known for his roles in films such as American Psycho and starred as Bat-Man in three films of the franchise, including The Dark Night. With his history of fantastic performances, he was a great choice for the role.


Count us intrigued. Between a talented director, an expert cast, and a classic tale, The Bride is definitely on our “must-see” list.


The Bride - Frankenstein


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