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According to Deadline, Lionsgate is looking to cast Chris Evans in the lead role of Tom Jackman in a big screen adaptation of the BBC One series Jekyll, which is being produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman.
The six-part Jekyll was written by Steven Moffat and aired on BBC One in 2007; described as a sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, it started James Nesbitt as Jackman, a modern-day descendant of Dr. Jekyll, who finds himself transforming into a version of the sinister Mr. Hyde.
Jekyll isn’t the only Jekyll and Hyde related project on the horizon, with Russell Crowe set to take on the dual roles in Universal Pictures Monster universe, beginning with a role in next year’s Tom Cruise-headlined The Mummy.
- Gary Collinson
According to Deadline, Lionsgate is developing the silver-screen version of BBC One’s “Jekyll” series from 2007, with Evans set to play Tom Jackman — a role originally portrayed by James Nesbit on the TV series.
Read More: Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe Wants Javier Bardem as Frankenstein
The project is not to be confused with the upcoming Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde film in development as part of the shared Universal Monsters franchise, which takes a cue from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (of which Evans’ Cap is a central component) in creating a series of overlapping films about its best-known figures: Dracula, the Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monster and yes, Dr. Jekyll, to be played by Russell Crowe.
- Michael Nordine
Chris Evans is reportedly looking at starring in the American remake of the hit UK TV series Jekyll from Steven Moffat. If true, Evans will step into the iconic character for Lionsgate, a role made famous by James Nesbitt in the original BBC show.
Here’s the plot.
It’s 2007 and there’s a new Dr Jekyll, with an old problem: Mr Hyde. But they have a deal – a body share – and an impossible life is somehow lived.
What Hyde doesn’t know, however, is that Jackman is married, and there’s a wife and two children he’ll do anything to protect from his dark side. With all the resources of modern technology, and the best surveillance hardware, »
- Paul Heath
The "Captain America" star is said to be in talks for the title role in Lionsgate's "Jekyll," a remake of the 2007 British mini-series which served as a contemporary update of Robert Louis Stevenson's tale.
"Sherlock" and "Doctor Who" producer Steven Moffat created the original which starred James Nesbitt as Dr. Henry Jackman, a married man with a family who tries to keep the dangerous Mr. Hyde element of his personality under control thanks to modern technology.
At the same time an ancient organisation with limitless wealth and power is monitoring their every move. Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry are adapting the script from the original miniseries while Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman will produce.
The project isn't to be confused with a potential spin-off film that's a part of »
- Garth Franklin
Will Once Upon A Time ever run out of ideas for new ways to torment the residents of Storybrooke?
At the close of Once Upon A Time Season 5, we met up with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
It sure looked like unleashing the land of untold stories would mean those two characters would be central to the plot going forward.
How does Aladdin fit into this whole new plot?
We don't quite know yet, but that hasn't stopped ABC from letting us view the first three minutes of Once Upon A Time Season 6 Episode 1.
In the trailer, Aladdin is in a world of trouble, but will the residents of Storybrooke be able to save him?
That's one thing we'll be waiting quite some time to find out since the ABC drama has opted to revert back to season long arcs.
It's clear that no expense was spared on the new season. »
- Paul Dailly
Once Upon A Time is continuing to staff up for Season 6!
The latest addition to the cast is Giles Matthey.
He will play a character named Morpheus.
It sounds like a pretty powerful name, right?
That's because he is powerful. He's a Greek god, so he must be pretty strong.
There's word that he's good at reading minds and even better at guiding people through the world of dreams.
It all sounds pretty ominous, but intriguing.
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Matthey has previously appeared in the likes of 24 and True Blood.
Once Upon A Time Season 5 was lacking in the quality department due to overusing the same characters and situations.
The latest casting news makes me think that the show is about to return to the show I loved a few seasons ago.
Things in Storybrooke are going to be rocky when the show returns. »
- Paul Dailly
Universal are definitely going all out for their monster movie universe which they’re kicking off with the in-production The Mummy. That film is being led by Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, but news reaches us today that they may have found their Frankenstein in the form of Bond actor Javier Bardem.
Variety reports that the Spanish actor is in talks to play Frankenstein in Bride Of Frankenstein, though it is not clear which monster movie he will first make his debut in. The word is that the character would get a debut in a feature featuring another monster before getting his own spin-off.
Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are heading up the new monsters universe which could also see Russell Crowe play Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The word is that he will first be see in The Mummy, which is just about wrap production in London.
So, what »
- Paul Heath
Universal is aiming to go big or go home with the casting of their Classic Monster-verse. First they locked up Tom Cruise for The Mummy. They've been chasing after Angelina Jolie to get involved with The Bride Of Frankenstein. They secured Johnny Depp to play the Invisible Man. Russell Crowe is going to be their Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde. They're hoping to lure Dwayne "The Rock"... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Universal may be adding another star to its expanding monsters universe. Javier Bardem is in early negotiations to star as Frankenstein in the studio's cinematic universe, based on classic monster movies. Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe are already on board to star in the universe's inaugural film The Mummy, which will see Cruise play a special forces soldier and Crowe portray the classic literary characters Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It is still unclear if Bardem will portray either Dr. Frankenstein or Frankenstein's monster. Furthermore, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the Oscar winner is not necessarily in negotiations to play Frankenstein in
- Mia Galuppo
Season 5 of Once Upon a Time left us with quite the cliffhanger. We were introduced to an entirely new world called the Land of Untold Stories, seemingly composed completely of fictional characters from classic literature. There were references to Gulliver's Travels, The Three Musketeers and of course, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. We've got the scoop on what season 6 will consist of when the people of Storybrooke collide with the Land of Untold Stories, as well as which other characters you can expect to see.
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…We’ll kick things off this week with the news that Prometheus star Noomi Rapace is set to return to the Alien universe as a part of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. According to Deadline, the actress is currently on the set of the film in Australia, where she will shoot “weeks worth of scenes.” The size of her role is unknown at the time, but you can check out a new behind the scenes image featuring co-star Danny McBride here…
…Speaking of aliens, and it was assumed that former Lucasfilm owner George Lucas »
- Luke Owen
With Universal gearing up to launch its Classic Monsters universe, Deadline is reporting that the studio is looking to bring Dwayne Johnson into the fold, with the actor rumoured to be wanted for the lead in The Wolf Man.
The Wolf Man was released in 1941 and starred Lon Chaney, Jr. as the titular werewolf, with Chaney going on to reprise the role in four sequels, making him the only Universal Monster to be portrayed by the same actor in all of his 1940s movie appearances. The film was remade by Joe Johnston in 2010, with Benicio del Toro starring as Lawrence Talbot.
Should Johnson sign on to the project, he would join Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as The Mummy and Russell Crowe (The Nice Guys) as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, both of whom will appear in next year’s Mummy reboot.
- Gary Collinson
Digital Spy recently interviewed Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe for the release of his newest film, The Nice Guys. During the interview, Crowe was asked he was ever in negotiations to reprise his role as Superman’s father, Jor-El, in director Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The actor responded saying:
"Originally — I could be completely wrong — I think there was a number of Superman movies. But I think they made the decision to jump past those and go to the idea of Batman and Superman in the same film. So, no, I didn’t have any discussions about that at all."
According to Crowe, plans for multiple Man Of Steel sequels were scrapped once Zack Snyder had the idea to bring in Ben Affleck’s Batman and make the next film into Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. It seems that if Warner Bros. Pictures gets to »
- J.B. Casas
Noah Hawley, the acclaimed showrunner of FX's anthology series "Fargo," is keeping super busy it seems. Along with remaining in that capacity on the show's third season which is currently casting, he has numerous other plates spinning in the air right now.
There's the first live-action "X-Men" spinoff series "Legion" which is going to pilot, there's a limited series adaptation of the Kurt Vonnegut sci-fi novel "Cat's Cradle," and there's his feature directorial debut "Man Alive". It's so packed that something has got to give, and it looks like something has - his plans to pen a film for Universal, a project thought to be one of the 'Classic Monsters' cinematic universe films the studio has been developing.
Hawley previously signed on to write the script for one of the interconnected films at the studio, but in a new piece for Vanity Fair he says he bit off more than »
- Garth Franklin
Movies channel the world, even when they’re not trying to. At a festival like Cannes, the films that win awards — and the ones that are most celebrated, which aren’t always the award winners — have usually had a heartbeat of relevance. They’re movies that speak to us because they matter, and they matter because they express what’s going on around them.
Yet at Cannes this year, that reality was only heightened by a gathering awareness — of a theme that cuts across movies, directors, cultures, nations. Accepting the Palme d’Or for “I, Daniel Blake,” director Ken Loach observed, “We must say that another world is possible, and necessary.” He was speaking of the issue that runs like a current through “I, Daniel Blake,” and that makes it such a trenchant and moving film: not just the bureaucratic perils of the British welfare system, but the fraying social »
- Owen Gleiberman
Once Upon a Time is known for having some big fairy-tale twists, and the season five finale is no different. Not only does the two-part episode implement the infamous novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but it also drops a major truth bomb about Henry's new love interest, Violet. Even though the two lovebirds first meet in Camelot, she later reveals that her father is originally from Connecticut. While this may not seem like that big of a deal to some fans, her big revelation is actually a reference to Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, in which a man is accidentally transported back in time to early medieval England. Essentially, that means her father, Sir Morgan, is indeed the book's main character, Hank Morgan. After five seasons, it amazes us how the writers continue to throw us with these curveballs. We can't »
- Kelsie Gibson
Earlier this week, news broke that Russell Crowe was in discussions to join The Mummy as the classic literary character with a dual personality. Shedding some light on the matter is Crowe himself, who confirmed his involvement while on the press rounds for his new film, The Nice Guys.
Speaking with Collider, Crowe had this to say when asked if he is “officially” on board The Mummy:
“Yeah, I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna play Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society. It’s very interesting, what they’re gonna do with that stuff. I’ve had a couple of chats about it with the director (Alex Kurtzman).”
Previously: According to THR, Crowe is in “early talks” to appear as Dr. Jekyll and his alter ego, »
- Derek Anderson
The synopsis for The Mummy confirms that Sofia Boutella plays the title character while also touching on the modern-day setting and key locations within the story. You can read the full synopsis below, courtesy of Collider:
“Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative »
- Derek Anderson
Just this morning, we reported that Universal has two new release dates for its monster movie cinematic universe, and now we might have a hint of what the first one could be: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Why make that guess? Because according to Variety, Russell Crowe is now in talks to play that dualistic character in the first installment in the franchise, The Mummy. Variety actually refers to the part as merely a "Dr. Jekyll type," implying the studio doesn't have the rights to the Robert Louis Stevenson character, though he's technically in the public domain. Perhaps it's because these classic characters are being updated for modern audiences with a present-day setting in a way that will make them only loosely recognizable. There's also...
- Christopher Campbell
Universal is moving to bring in another top-flight actor to help build one of the other cornerstones of their Classic Monster-verse. With Tom Cruise already locked in for The Mummy and the studio chasing Angelina Jolie for Bride Of Frankenstein, Universal is engaged in early talks with Russell Crowe to join their shared universe in the dual roles of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The characters,... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
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