Universal's next big franchise play is to reboot its series of classic movie monsters. The Universal folks are not pulling any punches, either. They're going all out for this hopeful cinematic universe by hiring some of the best big name actors around.

It's all going to start with The Mummy starring Tom Cruise (though the actual mummy will be Sofia Boutella), and then after that they've got plans to introduce Johnny Depp's Invisible Man, Russell Crowe's Dr. Jekyll, and now Variety is reporting that Javier Bardem has been offered the role of Frankenstein's monster.

Pictured: Boris Karloff in 1935's Bride of Frankenstein

It's exciting casting, especially considering Bardem has already proven multiple times that he can play monsters in very different forms (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall) and crush it every time, but it's still early news. We don't yet know when Bardem would be showing up. The Mummy is almost done filming, so it's unlikely he'll be appearing in that. Universal has been developing a Bride of Frankenstein movie for a while now with a rumor that she'd be played by Angelina Jolie, so it would make sense for Bardem to appear there. That movie doesn't have a start date yet, though, so he could always be introduced in The Invisible Man first.

Wherever he gets introduced, we trust that the creative types at the studio knows what they're doing here. They've already brought in Fast and Furious writer Chris Morgan to help plan the universe, and The Mummy is being directed by Star Trek '09 writer Alex Kurtzman, so between the two of them they know a little something about building ensembles.

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