Chris Evans might be hanging up his Captain America gear for a short time to be a part of the new Lionsgate project.
Lionsgate plans to launch a feature film based off the BBC One 2007 mini-series show Jekyll, and they’re asking Evans if he would like to play the lead role of the duel personality character Jekyll (and maybe Mr. Hyde).
Lionsgate film production plans to plot a modern retelling of the classic Robert Stevenson novel Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A Very Good Production, which is a part of Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman production company, are putting their money to further develop the project along to its production stage. Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry are currently writing the script based off of the six-episode Jekyll series. Mondry and Bagarozzi have worked on past screenplays for The Nice Guy’s and the new remake for Death Note.
Fans of Chris Evans alike assumed his possible new role was going to be a part of the Universal monster film The Mummy, which is meant to star Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise. The original BBC One show was based on Steven Moffatt’s script, who was also a scriptwriter for popular BBC shows like Sherlock and Doctor Who.
BBC One show Jekyll is a story about a man named Tom Jackson, who has inherited the dual personality disorder condition from his ancestor Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde.
The original 2007 mini-series starred James Nesbitt, who is not expected to come back for the Lionsgate version of Jekyll. The original writer and previous showrunner, Moffatt, is also not expected to come back for the writing of the new script. Another rumor that has been circling the web is if Evans is not able to commit to the Lionsgate project, they will offer the main role to Russell Crowe.
Evans has starred in dark roles in films like Snowpiercer and Sunshine, which have gained some international appeal. Still, Evans seems interested in the role even though the new Lionsgate Jekyll project has yet to acquire a director for the film.