Monday, January 12, 2015

ITV's Jekyll & Hyde - Cast Confirmed

Yup and it's a pretty interesting and familiar cast for Charlie Higson's 10 part supernatural drama, starting with the lead himself ...

Tom Bateman best known for his roles in both DaVinci's Demons and The Tunnel has bagged the role of Robert Jekyll, the grandson of Jekyll and also afflicted with the same curse as well. Set in 1930s London, this version of Jekyll is also a mild mannered doctor who upon transforming into his other persona then becomes something of a risk taker and hedonist as a secret organisation is after the source of Hyde's power while Jekyll's foster father, Dr Vishal Najaran, is controlling his condition with medication.

Elsewhere, Natalie Gumede best known for her role in Coronation Street and recent appearances in both Doctor Who and Death In Paradise has been cast in the role of Bella - a woman caught in a love triangle with Jekyll himself and presumably Hyde as well. Hopefully Gumede's role does extend beyond love interest for the series though.

Meanwhile Richard E. Grant, who has also had recent guest roles in Doctor Who, Girls and Downton Abbey will also appear in the series, taking on the role of Sir Roger Bulstrode who heads the secret government department M10 known as ‘The Invisible Men’. Other confirmed 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 series itself will have episodes directed by Colin Teague and will feature a variety of monsters such as ghosts, zombies, vampires and werewolves to name a few. Here's hoping it's a good series, given ITV's less than stellar history with this particular genre.

Press Release

Jekyll & Hyde is currently filming in Sri Lanka and will air on ITV later in 2015.

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