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Keanu Reeves To Bare His Hyde Side
As Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

08 May 2009  |  Written by Emily Phillips  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Keanu Reeves is feeling the pull of  Victorian horror once again as he signs on to star in an adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This time, the Bram Stoker's Dracula actor will star in a modern take on the classic, simply titled Jekyll, and which is to be scripted by Revolutionary Road screenwriter Justin Haythe.

Not satisfied with having examined the mind of Britain's most notorious prisoner, Bronson director Nicolas Winding Refn is in negotiations to take on the legendary two-sided protagonist. The project was just one of Universal's visions for the book, the other being developed for Guillermo Del Toro to helm. However, Keanu's modern reimagining will be the polar opposite of the fantastical Victorian version which could be set out for Del Toro after he is finished with The Hobbit.

Although producers are keeping plot details for the modern take close to their chests, the original Robert Louis Stevenson tale followed an experimenting doctor who, when trying to purge himself of all evil, accidentally creates a dark side for himself that he sets loose on London's seedy underworld. The most recent adaptation of the story by the BBC brought the split-personalitied one up to date in 2008 for a mini-series starring Dougray Scott.

Reeves is up next in retirement-relationship drama (yes, we know he's not old enough) The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee, and is rumoured to be taking the title role in gangland biopic Stompanato. Haythe, who also wrote Robert Redford's The Clearing, is currently working on a remake of Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea.

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RE: Keanu Reeves To Bare His Hyde Side
INT. THE TOTALLY BODACIOUS LAB OF THE TOTALLY RADICAL SCIENTIST - NIGHT JEKYLL Whoa, there's strange things are definetly a foot in this lab dude! HYDE Yea, it's like totally causing me to grow hair in small places man! JEKYLL Whoa, that's totally gnarly dude, it looks like Kool Aid. HYDE Yea, it tastes like Kool Aid, too dude! JEKYLL & HYDE Excellent! They strum their air guitar and knock over the rest of the lab specimens. The lab SPARKS, catches fire and EXPLODES. More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 06:16 on 14 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Keanu Reeves To Bare His Hyde Side
Reeves is a very poor choice for such a complex role. Unless the story has been dumbed down considerably of course. More

Posted by Kazuya at 08:23 on 12 May 2009 | Report This Post

Surely trying to get the least characterful actor ever to play two characters is pushing it.... More

Posted by Traeyr at 16:05 on 10 May 2009 | Report This Post

Given the title and that the reception of the BBC show in the US got more notice for Moffat and, inexplicably, work for Bellman over there, it is hard to escape the view this project has more to do with Moffat's than anything else. I wonder how close it will be?   More

Posted by elab49 at 22:26 on 09 May 2009 | Report This Post

He actually did an ok job in The Gift, nothing amazing, but enough to suggest he might actually be better as a bad guy. Dougray Scott did make a tv film of Jekyll and Hyde last year, but it wasn't the BBC mini-series (which was actually from 2007). More

Posted by rawlinson at 22:19 on 09 May 2009 | Report This Post

Can't remember the last time I laughed so much at a casting choice. How are they going to move his face for Jekyll? Most emotion the man has ever come close to showing on screen was behind the CGI in A Scanner Darkly. More

Posted by elab49 at 22:06 on 09 May 2009 | Report This Post

Oh for goodness sake, Im fed up of this mediocre actor being put up for main parts in exciting movies. Exciting he isnt. More

Posted by gotham_girl at 17:38 on 09 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Don't you mean Dr. Dude and Mr Dude
I'd say Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, Matt Damon, not Keanu Reeves well maybe if he's playing Bill Hyde and Ted Jekyll. Not too sure about this casting choice. More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 01:07 on 09 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Don't you mean Dr. Dude and Mr Dude
i agree More

Posted by raymondbros at 19:11 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

I used to like Keanu Reeves and in some parts I still do, but since watching him in The day the earth stood still, I conclude he can't pull off zainy and interesting characters, Klaatu was played so dull that I recon the film would have been far more better if a more charismatic and wild actor played him. Same with doctor Jekyl and Hyde, I personally recon I wont be able to tell the difference between the two as he will be reading the lines in the same wooden way he always plays larger then li More

Posted by raymondbros at 19:10 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

Here we go again
"A plan so stupid it just might work". This isn't one of those. Keanu stick with the duuuuuuuude schtick, movies with great potential, stick with competent dramatic actors. More

Posted by shanewire at 19:02 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

...I know schizophrenia!!!! Unfortunately I don't know how to act." More

Posted by purplefacedmonkey at 17:25 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

L: sanchia One character Keanu playing two character? Oh, dear. as about to say the same thing. I know this might come under heavy fire but I think it would be the perfect role for Brad Pitt More

Posted by matthewforan at 17:02 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

Dunno about this...James Nesbit was amazing in the seires :-) I think Jonny Depp would do it way better though... More

Posted by Radical_Duck at 14:56 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Don't you mean Dr. Dude and Mr Dude
@Taz69: Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the source material, not H G Wells. More

Posted by jamiemulls at 12:39 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Don't you mean Dr. Dude and Mr Dude
I like Keanu but would love to see Bale in the role.I thinkhe could pull it off perfectly (American Psycho anyone?) More

Posted by Barraluke at 12:19 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

Don't you mean Dr. Dude and Mr Dude
Just what we need another update of the well trodden Jekyll & Hyde story. I'll join the others who said it was James Nesbitt in Hyde and not the should-have-been-but -would-have-sucked-Wolverine Dougary Scott. A dumb mistake Empire. I though hated the series as it turned Jekyll into an avenging anti-superhero and not the murderous monster HG Wells intended. I like Keanu so will watch this but his movies eitther Rocked or Sucked theres no middle ground with him. I fear this over-told stor More

Posted by Taz69 at 11:00 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

Oh good, another updating of the Jekyll story
Seriously, how many times do we have to go through a "contemporary retelling"? Christ, we had the Hulk again last year which effectively deals with the beast inside. And to cast Keanu Reeves is a mistake because his emotional range doesn't go beyond slightly vexed these days. Bollocks to this. More

Posted by Marwood at 09:59 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

One character Keanu playing two character? Oh, dear. More

Posted by sanchia at 09:29 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

One Problem
Does it have to be Keanu Reeves? He only has one side, really! More

Posted by keaneye at 09:09 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

It's that time to fire the intern again, how can you not remember the excellent James Nesbitt as Jeckyll? Shame on you! More

Posted by chocolategoat at 09:06 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

Does Jekyll always get modernized? It's b*llocks. One of the main points of the physical transformation came from the idea in Victorian medicine that you could tell what someone was like from the shape of the bodies. The book is very much of its time and losing that loses all the richness. I don't want to see Keanu going 'Arrgh'. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:02 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

Was going to say, James Nesbitt was in the BBC series, without a question. Cracking series. The premise of this film seems good, but I'm not exactly sure Reeves is the right guy to play it, he usually struggles showing two sides of a personality when he's playing a normal person, let alone a guy with two separate personalities. . . More

Posted by Anduril666 at 09:01 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

Let's hope his accent's a bit better than in Dracula - unless they're setting in the US (wouldn't surprise me...) More

Posted by dctuck at 09:01 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

The BBC's Jekyll starred Jimmy Nesbitt, unless you are talking about, another, BBc Jekyll? More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 08:53 on 08 May 2009 | Report This Post

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