Eddie Izzard is set to star as Dr. Nina Jekyll in a ‘modern twist’ of the classic horror tale, and fans have been given their first proper glimpse of the legendary comic and actor in the lead role.
The film, entitled Doctor Jekyll, will see Izzard assume the role of the titular character of Robert Louis Stephenson’s famous novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as well as the doctor’s evil alter ego: Hyde.
And this week, horror enthusiasts have been treated to a brand-new poster for the film, which features Izzard in full character, posing in front of a dimly lit window while Hyde’s sinister shadow is reflected onto the floor.
The retelling of the spooky Victorian-era story will feature Izzard as a reclusive Jekyll, alongside her new employee, Rob – portrayed by Scott Chambers, best known for starring in Malevolent (2018) alongside Florence Pugh.
Jekyll and Rob discover the existence of Hyde and work together to stop the bloodthirsty doppelganger from destroying Jekyll’s life.
In a statement released back in February, comic and actor Izzard expressed her eager anticipation at joining Doctor Jekyll.
‘I am very excited to be playing the role of Nina Jekyll in this new feature film and it’s wonderful to be able to reimagine this classic story in a modern way,’ she said.
The film is set to be helmed by British director Joe Stephenson, who has worked previously with Chambers for the 2015 drama film Chicken, an adaptation of the play by Freddie Machin.
Stephenson said of Izzard, whose previous film credits include Six Minutes to Midnight, Ocean’s Twelve and Valkyrie: ‘I’m thrilled that Eddie is joining us as my Nina Jekyll.
‘With her being the extraordinary and versatile actress she is, playing against Scott’s natural talent to make us believe in the good in people, I can’t wait to bring this suspenseful take on the iconic classic to life.’
The adaptation – written by Dan Kelly-Mulhern – is currently having its final touches put together in post-production at Hammer Studios/B Good Productions.
While no official release date has been confirmed for Doctor Jekyll yet, the film’s rights are currently up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which runs until May 28.