Matt Keeslar Named Lead of Scott’s Jekyll

During an interview this past week with Fanboy Planet, “Jekyll: A Modern Tale of Love, Lust and Terror” writer/director Scott Zakarin revealed that “in order to make Jekyll and Hyde work, you need an incredibly versatile actor who can also carry a film. You need a leading man with the versatility of a character actor. That was the real challenge…Ultimately, I found somebody who I believe is a total find. Once people see what he does in this movie, he’s going to be bigger than ever.” Of course, Zakarin was tight-lipped about who been chosen for the title role, but has learned that the role has gone to Matt Keeslar, whose credits include supporting parts in the features “Texas Rangers” and “Scream 3,” as well as the television miniseries “Rose Red” and “Dune.”

The film, a modern take on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson, focuses on Dr. Henry Jekyll, who creates a computer-generated alter-ego while researching a cure for cancer. The alter-ego, Mr. Hyde, is a creature of animal appetites and uncontrollable impulses who goes on a killing spree and ultimately destroys his own creator.

Rounding out the cast, according to our sources, are Jonathan Silverman (Lanyon, no comment), John Rubinstein (Daniel Carew) and Desmond Askew (Zig Poole), with others to be announced.

Zakarin, the CEO of Creative Lights Entertainment, has directing credits that include “Stan Lee’s Mutants, Monsters and Marvels,” in which Kevin Smith interviews comic book legend Stan Lee. Zakarin also served as the executive producer for “Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime” starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and “The Sid Caesar Collection,” featuring digitally restored sketches from Your Show of Shows. Along with Miramax and Amazing Invisible, Inc., Creative Light released “Comic Book: The Movie.”

Filming for the project is scheduled to start either today or tomorrow for the three-week shoot.

The Scorecard
Producers: Eric Mittleman, Peter Jaysen, Rich Tackenberg and Steven Fogel
Writer and Director: Scott Zakarin
Casting Director: Bruce H. Newberg
Casting Assistant: Brad Gilmore
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2004