One of the greatest concerns for actors is that if they have a really great role that everybody loves them in, then there’s a very good chance that they might end up being typecast. The thought is probably in Chris Evans’ head since he leads one of the most successful series inside the greater Marvel Studios universe as Captain America. Everybody loves Evans’ take on the Star-Spangled Avenger, a character that’s admittedly hard to pull off and find nuance without making him a boy scout, but now it seems like Evans is going another way. Chris Evans has just been cast in the ultimate multiple personality story.
Deadline reported yesterday that the Captain America actor has been cast in a new movie version of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jekyll, which itself was a BBC miniseries in 2007 created by Sherlock and Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat. The miniseries followed a descendant of Dr. Jekyll played by James Nesbitt who starts showing the same signs of multiple personality as his relative and tries to find a way to allow both sides of himself to co-exist. Evans will play Jackman, Nesbitt’s character from the miniseries.
It’s worth noting that this is a case of Hollywood repeating itself. There’s another Jekyll in the works, with Russell Crowe playing the Doctor in the upcoming Universal Monsters Universe launching point The Mummy, which comes out next summer. No word yet on a release date for Evans’ Jekyll, but there’s still no director signed on so a start date might be a little while off. In the meantime, Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry (The Nice Guys) are writing the script.
We’ll have more news about this, and all Jekylls, as it becomes available.