First Look at New Christian Bale & Maggie Gyllenhaal Frankenstein Movie ‘The Bride’

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The Gyllenhaals sure are keeping busy these days!

With Jake Gyllenhaal‘s recent Road House remake and his upcoming Apple TV+ series, Presumed Innocent, on the horizon, sister Maggie Gyllenhaal isn’t about to let him take all the Hollywood glory. She is back in the director’s chair with her second feature film, a new punk horror flick about Frankenstein and his bride. “The Bride” will be played by Fargo‘s Jessie Buckley, who was also in Gyllenahaal’s debut film, an adaptation of the Elena Ferrante book The Lost Daughter.

THE LOST DAUGHTER, Jessie Buckley, 2021.

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“We really fell in love working on The Lost Daughter,” Buckley recently told IndieWire about Gyllenhaal. “I feel so grateful that I get to be part of a coin of extraordinary women who have so much to say, such brilliant minds and such imagination.”

In addition to Buckley, Batman star Christian Bale will be suiting up as Frankenstein’s monster and an all-star supporting cast is confirmed as well: Annette Bening, Penelope Cruz, Julianne Hough, John Magaro, Jeannie Berlin and Peter Sarsgaard, who is married to Gyllenhaal. It truly is a family affair as Bale’s 10-year-old son is appearing in the film as a newsie. First-look photos show him wearing a pageboy cap and holding a newspaper, very reminiscent of Bale in the 1992 musical Newsies.

“People are going to be very surprised that this is Maggie’s second movie. It’s nothing at all like The Lost Daughter,” said Sarsgaard.

The plot of the film follows Frankenstein’s monster as he travels to 1930s Chicago to find a doctor to create a companion for him. Together, the two bring back to life a murdered young woman (Buckley), but she turns out to be more of a handful than Frankenstein’s monster intended, sparking a fiery romance, police attention and a wild social movement. Gyllenhaal recently showed first looks of the soon-to-be-filmed fright fest.


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The Bride is slated to premiere in theaters October 3, 2025. We can’t wait to hear more about it, so stay tuned for more details.