Gender-Bending ‘Doctor Jekyll’ Adds Several Cast Members

by Thomas Tuna

A decidedly different take on the classic Jekyll and Hyde morality tale is taking shape.

Transgender performer Eddie Izzard will star in Doctor Jekyll–a modern interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella Strange Case of DrJekyll and MrHyde–and Variety this week reports that principal photography has wrapped in the UK with new cast members.

Joining Izzard are Lindsay Duncan (Birdman), Simon Callow (Shakespeare in Love), Jonathan Hyde (Titanic), Tony Jayawardena (The Crown) and Robyn Cara (The Rising).

The Hammer Studios film–directed by Joe Stephenson from a screenplay by Dan Kelly-Mulhern–follows Dr. Nina Jekyll, “a recluse who finds friendship with her assistant Rob (Scott Chambers). They must work together to prevent Hyde from destroying her life,” according to the logline.

Stephenson is also producing the film, alongside Guy de Beaujeu and Liam Coutts. Christian Angermayer acts as executive producer.

Izzard–whose recent credits include Netflix’ Stay Close–said she is “very excited” to play Nina Jekyll, adding that “it’s wonderful to be able to reimagine this classic story in a modern way.”

The original novella has been brought to life not only on screen–mostly notably in the 1941 film starring Spencer Tracy–but also on the Broadway stage, by composer Frank Wildhorn and star Robert Cuccioli.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on Doctor Jekyll.

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