The No Country For Old Men star is the top choice to play the iconic creature for the studio's new film franchise, which will reboot classic monster movies.

Bardem was first linked to Universal bosses' monster movie plans when he was approached to play the role of Dr. Jekyll in the studio's upcoming remake of The Mummy, but he passed on the part, and it was offered to Russell Crowe, who will appear in The Mummy remake, alongside Tom Cruise.

The Gladiator star recently shared his excitement for his new dual role as Jekyll and his evil alter ego Mr. Hyde with, saying, "Yeah, I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna play Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society. It's very interesting, what they're gonna do with that stuff. I've had a couple of chats about it with the director (Alex Kurtzman)."

Crowe insists the reboot is "designed to seriously scare the s**t out of you".

The Mummy, which is slated for release next year (17), will reportedly be set in the modern day, with Cruise playing top Navy Seal Tyler Colt, who is on the hunt for terrorists when he is recruited to enlist the help of the band of monsters to battle an awakened ancient queen, played by Sofia Boutella.

The first images of Boutella in her terrifying costume hit the Internet over the weekend (09-10Jul16).

It is not clear if Frankenstein will make an appearance in the new Cruise/Crowe film.