New ‘Doctor Jekyll’ Will Offer Gender Twist On Old Classic

by Thomas Tuna

It’s a fine line between a good man (or woman) and a bad.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s iconic 1886 tale of a scientist’s struggles to separate the duality of mankind–our good and evil sides–was entitled Strange Case of DrJekyll and MrHyde. But it’s unlikely even he could have envisioned the strange new take on his novella that is being planned by B Good Picture Company.

The transgender performer Eddie Izzard–who prefers the title genderfluid–has been cast as the lead in the new production of Doctor Jekyll, according to a report in Variety. Production is expected start in the UK this week.

The film–described as a modern interpretation of the morality story–follows “the reclusive Nina Jekyll as she finds friendship with her hired help, Rob (Scott Chambers), and who must work together to prevent Hyde from destroying her life,” according to the official synopsis.

Joe Stephenson (Chicken) will direct the feature from a screenplay from first-time writer Dan Kelly-Mulhern. Stephenson and Guy de Beaujeu (The Laureate) serve as producers, with Christian Angermayer (Army of Thieves) acting as executive producer.

Izzard–whose recent credits include the Netflix Harlen Coben series 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.”

Stephenson called Izzard an “extraordinary and versatile actress” who will play against Chambers’ “natural talent to make us believe in the good in people. I can’t wait to bring this suspenseful take on this classic to life.”

The original novella has, of course, been brought to the screen many times–most notably in the 1941 film by Victor Fleming that starred Spencer Tracy–and was most recently adapted to the Broadway stage in a popular production starring Robert Cuccioli.

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on Doctor Jekyll.

 

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