It’s Alive! Aaron Eckhart Adds Life to New ‘I, Frankenstein’ Motion Poster

Adam Pockross
Movie Talk

The story of Dr. Frankenstein and his freaky progeny has seemingly been told throughout the history of cinema. But early next year, "I, Frankenstein" is hoping you'll see him in a whole new way.

In this first look motion poster, we can see Aaron Eckhart as Dr. Frankenstein's creation, Adam, an immortal who finds himself mixed up in an age-old war between gargoyles and demons.

While doing press for his upcoming thriller "Erased," which comes out Friday, we had the chance to speak with Eckhart over the phone. While we discussed "Erased," at length, we also took the opportunity to ask Eckhart about the 3D horror flick loosely based on Mary Shelley's classic novel, "Frankenstein".

"It’s a contemporary story about the monster, Frankenstein, the unwanted so-called abortion, the aberration, the unworthy son created and thrown out of the house. And he has to go find his soul, find his purpose in life, and he does that in a fantastical world with gargoyles and demons. And these demons are against him and the gargoyles are sort of for him in a way," said Eckhart.

The movie also stars Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Yvonne Strahovskiis and Kevin Grevioux, who also wrote the graphic novel upon which the film is based. The creative team features the producers of "Underworld" (2003) and writer/director Stuart Beattie, who penned "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" (2009) and Baz Luhrmann's "Australia" (2008).

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"It's this creation that's come out of the Stuart Beattie, the writer and the director of this -- taking a historical figure and putting him in this fantastical world. It’s got a lot of heart. It’s got a lot of action as well," said Eckhart.

And it's got Stick Fighting!

"I did six months of the Filipino art of Kali stick fighting," added Eckhart, who tries to learn a new skill for each picture he fights in. "I have extensive stick fighting scenes in this movie. I’m lucky to be alive, man. Fighting with sticks is a dangerous business. So, it’s going to be a good thrill ride."

If you're looking forward to the ride, "I, Frankenstein" opens January of 2014. And you can hear much more about "Erased" and Eckhart's rigorous training when we post the rest of our exclusive interview later this week.

See Aaron Eckhart in the "Erased" theatrical trailer...