For the past five years, Chris Evans has been playing the embodiment of heroism and patriotism in his role as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So to think he's be playing anything short of a protector to all is something that most audiences might not think of, but something that Evans naturally is seeking out to balance his career's trajectory. Case in point, he's circling the American remake of the British miniseries Jekyll, where he would play a character that obviously suffers from the symptoms of Robert Louis Stevenson's infamous science experiment.
Deadline grabbed the information pertaining to Lionsgate's adaptation of the BBC miniseries written by Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat. Should Evans accept the role, he would be playing Doctor Tom Jackman, a man with a connection to the infamous Doctor Jekyll / Mr. Hyde. Most specifically, he's showing the same split personality complex that the good doctor and his bitter half, and he's trying to hide it from his own family. As expected, complications with the modern world and such an individual ensue, with an ingenious twist at the end. While we're still a little worried such a fantastic miniseries would be adapted into an American film, there is some hope outside of merely Evans' involvement.
More specifically, writers Anthony Bagarozzi & Charles Mondry, who have worked together on Shane Black's Doc Savage script, are the scribes who are adapting Jekyll into its feature film adaptation. So considering these two writers have provided Black with some fantastic work in the past and present, there's a really good shot that their script writing magic could be worked on Steven Moffat's darkly thrilling and comedic mini-series. You can check out the opening of the 2007 version, with James Nesbitt playing the role of Doctor Jackman.
Thinking about Chris Evans playing the lead in Jekyll is a pretty enticing prospect for anyone who is curious about Evans' darker side. While Captain America: Civil War did give him the chance to really become unlikable, especially during the final battle with Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark / Iron Man. So just picture an unchecked, more psychotic version of that aggression, and you could begin to see where half of Chris Evans' performance in a Jekyll remake would be going.
No production start date or prospective release date have been proposed, but you won't have to wait long to get some Jekyll and Hyde action, as Russell Crowe will be playing Doctor Henry Jekyll, and possibly his classic counterpart, in Tom Cruise's remake of The Mummy. That film is scheduled for release on June 8, 2017.