First Look At Christian Bale And Jessie Buckley In Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Bride!’ Gives Off Punk Rock Vibes

There were no less than half a dozen Frankenstein riffs over the last year, including Oscar winner Poor Things. But the one that will surely have people buzzing after these first-look images is Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Bride!, which looks like a wild punk rock ride starring Christian Bale and Jessie Buckley.

The first images of Bale and Buckley in The Bride! have dropped courtesy of Gyllenhaal’s IG account, captioned “Meet The Bride & Frank” with a little black heart emoji. Awwww, black hearts are sweet. Seriously, though, look at these photos. Bale looks the way I’d envision the Jared Leto version of Frankenstein to be. I don’t know if I like it or not, and probably won’t until I can see it in action.

Here’s the early synopsis: A lonely Frankenstein travels to 1930s Chicago to seek the aide of a Dr. Euphronius in creating a companion for himself. The two reinvigorate a murdered young woman and the Bride is born. She is beyond what either of them intended, igniting a combustible romance, the attention of the police and a wild and radical social movement.

Also in the cast are Annette Benning, Penelope Cruz, Julianne Hough, and Gyllenhaal’s partner Peter Sarsgaard.

Filming has only just begun on The Bride!, as it’s not expected to open until October 3rd 2025.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.