Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons), Richard E Grant (Downton Abbey) and Natalie Gumede have been set as the leads in ITV’s ambitious period drama Jekyll & Hyde, TVWise has learned.
Jekyll & Hyde is set in 1930s London and will follow Robert Jekyll, the grandson of Henry Jekyll, on his quest to discover his real identity, his true family history and the nature of his ‘curse’ – which his foster father, Dr Vishal Najaran, is controlling with medication. His journey will take him into a dark and unforgiving place, as his alter ego seems capable of anything. At the same time there are shadowy forces trying to find Jekyll and the source of his powers.
Tom Bateman will lead the cast as titular character Robert Jekyll; Natalia Gumede has been cast as Bella, who forms part of a love triangle with Robert; while Richard E. Grant will play Sir Roger Bulstrode who heads the secret government department M10 known as ‘The Invisible Men’.
Rounding out the cast of the 10 episode series is Stephanie Hyam (Murdered By My Boyfriend), Donald Sumpter (Game Of Thrones), Amit Shah (The Smoke), Phil McKee (Ripper Street), Christian McKay (Theory of Everything), Ruby Bentall (Poldark), Enzo Cilenti (Game of Thrones), Lolita Chakrabarti (Death in Paradise), Michael Karim (Inspector Lewis) and Ace Bhatti (Silk).
This new take on the famous work of literature was conceived by novelist Charlie Higson and received a green-light at ITV back in late November. The series will rely heavily on CGI; which will be used for the transformation of Jekyll into Hyde, Hyde’s action sequences, and the creation of other characters, such as ghouls, zombies and werewolves.
Production on the ITV Studios produced drama is set to commence later this month in Sri Lanka, before moving to London. Being Human helmer Colin Teague is serving as the director. Foz Allan is the series producer, while Charlie Higson and ITV Studios Director of Drama Francis Hopkinson will executive produce.