Captain America: Civil War star Chris Evans is circling the role of JEKYLL in the feature adaptation of Steven Moffat’s BBC 1 series that’s currently in the works at Lionsgate. Ellen DeGeneres is producing through her A Very Good Production banner with Jeff Kleeman. As The Tracking Board exclusively reported earlier this year, The Nice Guys writing duo Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry are writing the script.
The story is based on Moffat’s series, which ran for one season in 2006-2007. A modern update of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale, the series centers on a man with split personalities who struggles to keep his murderous alter ego under control while trying to elude a covert organization that may want to use Mr. Hyde for their own nefarious purposes.
The Jekyll project will compete with Universal’s take on the Dr. Jekyll character, which will be played by Russell Crowe in the first installment of Universal’s ‘monster movie’ franchise, The Mummy. From there, Crowe’s character is expected to appear in several other films in the shared monster universe, and will likely have his own stand-alone picture.
Evans, who stars in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Captain America, has been branching out from his defining comic book character role lately. He recently released his feature directorial debut, Before We Go, and will next be seen Fox Searchlight’s Gifted before Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters in 2018.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor