Eddie Izzard has found her first starring role as a woman in the new Hammer Films horror movie Doctor Jekyll.
The film is the latest in a long line of adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson's famous 1886 novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. In it, Izzard will play Dr. Nina Jekyll, a reclusive scientist who finds friendship with her newly hired assistant Rob (Scott Chambers) as they have to work together to prevent Hyde from destroying her life.
The film is written by Dan Kelly-Mulhern and is currently shooting in the UK where it's being directed by Joe Stephenson.
This will be Izzard's first starring role as a woman since she clarified her gender presentation in December of 2020. At that point the veteran actress and comedian had already been out as being trans and genderfluid, but she revealed that she was starting to use she/her pronouns and presenting in "girl mode."
"This is the first program I've asked if I can be 'she' and 'her.' This is a little transition period," she said when she appeared on Sky Arts TV's Portrait Artist of the Year in 2020, adding that "it feels great because people assume that ... they just know me from before, but I'm gender fluid. I just want to be based in girl mode from now on."
Hammer films previously released the film Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde in 1971 that saw Dr. Jekyll using estrogen from fresh cadavers to try to make his serum, resulting in him turning into a woman.
Trans readers might also remember the 1995 adaptation Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, where the great-grandson of the original Dr. Jekyll tinkers with his ancestor's formula and accidentally turns himself into a sexy woman instead of the monster from the original book.
Instead of having the Jekyll's potion change him into a woman, this time, Jekyll is a woman, and happens to be played by a trans actor. I think we can be pretty sure this version will be better than both of those earlier films.