ITV Studios has announced the cast for Jekyll & Hyde, their upcoming 10-part action-adventure drama based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous tale, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons, The Tunnel) stars in the lead role of Robert Jekyll, grandson to the classic literary doctor with the dual personality. Richard E. Grant (Downton Abbey, Doctor Who) plays Sir Roger Bulstrode, the head of the secret government department M10 known as “The Invisible Men,” while Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street, Death In Paradise) is Bella, who is part of a love triangle with Robert.
The series was conceived by author Charlie Higson, who will also write and executive produce, and will be directed Colin Teague.
The cast photo is here above.
Other cast members include Stephanie Hyam (Murdered By My Boyfriend), Donald Sumpter (Game Of Thrones, Being Human), Amit Shah (The Smoke, Hustle), Phil McKee (Ripper Street, Dracula), Christian McKay (Rush, Theory of Everything), Ruby Bentall (Lark Rise to Candleford, The Paradise), Enzo Cilenti (Game of Thrones), Lolita Chakrabarti (The Smoke, Death in Paradise), Michael Karim (Inspector Lewis), and Ace Bhatti (Silk, Eastenders).
The British series, set in 1930s London, is described as a mix of action-adventure, mystery, fantasy, horror, and sci-fi, and will use CGI for the main character’s transformations, as well as to fully create some other characters. In Jekyll & Hyde, the young Jekyll is on a quest to uncover his true identity, his family’s past, and the nature of the curse befallen them, while struggling through his transformations into Hyde in moments of “extreme anger, stress and when his or the lives of others are threatened.”
Higson’s Jekyll is a young, sensitive and naïve man of intellect and morality, a well meaning if slightly repressed character who slips between his two personas unwillingly. Hyde is a totally different person; a superhero with super powers, great strength, speed and invulnerability. He is confident, risk-taking and lives life on the edge. His self-destructive nature gets him into trouble, and yet he is an incredibly powerful force. He is a man of action who gets things done despite the consequences! Throughout the series we will witness Jekyll wrestling with the dark, brooding personality of Hyde as he struggles to come to terms with his superhero alter ego.
Higson posted to Twitter some photos from the show’s read-through, in which he identifies Cilenti as the show’s “villain.”
Production on Jekyll & Hyde will begin later this month in Sri Lanka, with filming scheduled in London from February until July 2015.
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