After kicking his fair share of butt as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chris Evans is looking to shake things up by leading a new-look spin on Jekyll & Hyde.
Deadline reports the actor has “come attached” to a big-screen version of Jekyll, based on the BBC One series from 2007. Instead of being a period-set take on the classic split-personality story, Jekyll focused on a modern-day descendant of Dr. Jekyll who is starting to develop his own version of Mr. Hyde.
The man, James Nesbitt, is a father and husband who abandons his family and moves into a basement with a psychiatric nurse as his ally. Once strapped into a metal chair, Nesbitt transforms into an alter ego with unbridled rage, with heightened strength and speed (see: Evans’ strengths) who can also be a “charming, flirtatious scoundrel.” Nesbitt tries to allow the personalities to co-exist, and communicate via microcassette messages left for one another.
We don’t know how much the film script will actually follow the broad strokes of the BBC series, though it stands to reason it’ll hit the high points. The script is being written by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry (The Nice Guys), working from the original miniseries script penned by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who).
What do you think of the potential casting move? Is Evans the right man for the job?
Check out a trailer from the original version below: