Bill Nighy (Underworld, Shaun of the Dead) is in negotiations to play the villain in I, Frankenstein, according to a new report. Variety notes that Nighy is being sought for the role of a demon prince in this modern day spin on the Frankenstein story. Nighy will be joining Aaron Eckhart, who previously signed on for the lead role of Adam Frankenstein.

"I, FRANKENSTEIN is a modern-day epic: Frankenstein’s creature, ADAM, has survived to present day due to a genetic quirk in his creation. Making his way to a dark, gothic metropolis, he finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans."

If the story sounds similar to Underworld, you aren't too far off. I, Frankenstein is based on a graphic novel from Kevin Grevioux, who worked with Len Wiseman on the Underworld storyline. Stuart Beattie is directing, with production expected to begin in Jaunary in Australia. The film is scheduled for release on February 22nd, 2013.

Source: Variety