Eddie Izzard Set to Tackle Iconic Roles in ‘Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde’ Adaptation

Unveiling the Modern ‘Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde’ Adaptation

Renowned comedian Eddie Izzard is all set to make a mark in a movie adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic horror story, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.”

In this contemporary take on the gothic thriller, the 61-year-old actor, who also goes by the name Suzy, will step into the shoes of Dr. Nina Jekyll and her sinister alter ego, Rachel Hyde.

As “Doctor Jekyll” prepares to hit the big screen, let’s delve into the tale that inspired this exciting cinematic endeavor.

The Origins: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Timeless Tale

Originally published in 1886, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” narrates the story of Gabriel John Utterson, a lawyer who embarks on an investigation into the mysterious connection between his close friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the malevolent murderer, Edward Hyde.

The Birth of an Idiom: Jekyll and Hyde

The phrase “Jekyll and Hyde” has become a part of everyday language, used to describe individuals who outwardly appear virtuous but conceal a darker side.

Interestingly, the concept may have been inspired by the real-life case of Eugène Chantrelle, an Edinburgh schoolteacher who maintained an upstanding image while secretly committing a heinous murder in 1878.

Intriguing Influences: William Brodie and Gertrude Jekyll

Another source of inspiration for Stevenson’s iconic work was William Brodie, a respected figure in Edinburgh society who led a double life as a thrill-seeking burglar to support his gambling habits.

The name “Jekyll” was borrowed from the renowned gardener Gertrude Jekyll, adding depth to the story’s character origins.

The Birth of a Bogey Tale: Stevenson’s Dream and Writing Spree

Stevenson’s story was said to have originated from a vivid dream of a person undergoing a transformation after consuming a mysterious drug.

When Stevenson’s wife, Fanny, woke him up from his dream, he inquired, “Why did you wake me? I was dreaming a fine bogey tale.”

Despite battling tuberculosis and financial difficulties, Stevenson managed to pen the initial 30,000-word draft in just three days, with speculations of his possible use of cocaine during this creative burst.

The Enigmatic Disappearance: A Lost Draft

The first draft mysteriously vanished, reportedly in a fire, with differing accounts of whether Stevenson or his wife was responsible.

Following this loss, Stevenson invested six weeks in recreating his work.

Resounding Success: Immediate Popularity

Despite receiving mixed reviews, the novella became an instant success, selling 40,000 copies in Britain within the first six weeks of its release.

Notably, actor Richard Mansfield’s exceptional portrayal of the characters in a stage play of the book in 1888 was so convincing that it led to suspicions of his connection to the infamous Jack the Ripper, whose gruesome murders plagued London in the same year.

A Tale with Many Faces: Countless Adaptations

Over the years, “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” has been adapted into over 120 stage and screen versions.

The 1931 film adaptation marked a significant milestone in cinematic history as the first horror film to win an Oscar.

Silver Screen Interpretations: Stars and Icons

The story has seen its fair share of silver screen adaptations, with notable appearances from stars like Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, and Michael Caine.

There was even a rendition starring the beloved character Bugs Bunny.

Cultural Impact: Inspiring Creators and Artists

The enduring narrative has influenced a range of creators and artists. Stan Lee, co-creator of The Incredible Hulk, credited “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” as an inspiration for the iconic superhero.

Furthermore, several bands, including The Who, The Damned, and Judas Priest, have paid tribute to the story in their songs, and Ozzy Osbourne’s song “Bark at the Moon” drew inspiration from Stevenson’s work.

A Glimpse into Stevenson’s Life: Wooden Teeth and an Island Retreat

Robert Louis Stevenson, plagued by illness, had wooden teeth. His quest for improved health led him to the Pacific island of Samoa, where he ultimately passed away from a stroke in 1894 at the age of 44, all while attempting to create mayonnaise.

Cinematic Revival: Eddie Izzard’s Upcoming “Doctor Jekyll”

With Eddie Izzard at the helm of the modern adaptation of “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,” a fresh take on

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