Chris Evans Eyed for Leading Role in Film Adaptation of BBC's 'Jekyll'

A new report indicates that Chris Evans is circling the leading role of Tom Jackman in Lionsgate's upcoming film version of the 2007 BBC One series "Jekyll."

According to Deadline, Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman are producing Jekyll" through their A Very Good Production banner. Anthony Bagarozzi & Charles Mondry ("The Nice Guys," "Doc Savage") wrote the film's script, which adapts Steven Moffat's six-episode miniseries of the last decade.

The modern day-set original BBC One miniseries saw James Nesbitt play Jackman, a descendant of Jekyll who discovers he has traits of his ancestor's split personality disorder -- eventually transforming into the monstrous alter ego, and attempting to cope with both personalities and its effect on his family.

"Jekyll" isn't to be confused with the other Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde feature film that's also in the works at Universal. The rival studio's take will see Russell Crowe portray the classic literary character, as part of the shared monster movie universe that kicks off with the Tom Cruise-led "Mummy" movie.

"Jekyll" hasn't been given a release date.

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