Richard E Grant and Tom Bateman join cast of ITV’s JEKYLL & HYDE casting news

Published On January 9, 2015 » 1142 Views» By Darren Dimmick » Publicly Submitted Content, TV
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ITV have confirmed casting news for the fourth coming mini series Jekll & Hyde.

The 10 part action drama which will air later this year, will be set in 1930’s London and has been penned by acclaimed novelist Charlie Higson ( Fast Show, Randall and Hopkirk deceased).

At the heart of the drama is Robert Jekyll’s quest to discover his real identity, his true family history and the nature of his ‘curse’. Jekyll transforms into Hyde in moments of extreme anger, stress and when his or the lives of others are threatened.

The cast is set to consist of Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons, The Tunnel), who has just played the lead in the critically acclaimed Shakespeare in Love in London’s West End and takes the lead role as Robert Jekyll.

Whilst Richard E Grant who has starred in series such as Downton Abbey and Dr Who, will take on the role of Sir Roger Bulstrode who heads the secret government department M10 known as ‘The Invisible Men’.

Also set to appear in the retelling of the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and My Hyde , is Natalie Gumede who played Kirsty Soames in Coronation Street, and more recently starred in Death in Paradise, will take on the role as Bella Mr Jekylls love interest.

In the opening episode Jekyll is a newly qualified doctor living with his foster parents in Ceylon. He knows nothing of his family history or his inherited condition, which his foster father, Dr Vishal Najaran, is controlling with medication. The drama follows his path to discovery, which coincides with the transformative powers of his condition growing stronger and more disruptive. 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.

CGI will play a huge part in the main character’s transformation from Jekyll into Hyde and the subsequent superhero sequences when the darker side of our hero emerges and demonstrates extraordinary strength and agility. Certain characters will also be created by CGI techniques, as there are no limits to what will be imagined by the production team.

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