The actor is attached to play the role of Tom Jackman in a movie adaption of the 2007 BBC mini-series Jekyll, according to editors at

The British TV show was scripted by Sherlock creator Steven Moffat. It followed Tom, a modern day descendant of Dr. Jekyll, the lead character in Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 gothic novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Chris' character, played by James Nesbitt in the TV series, abandons his family when, like Dr. Jekyll in the original book, he begins transforming into the villainous Mr Hyde.

Deadline report that beloved U.S. comedienne Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman will produce the film, which will be written by The Nice Guys scribes Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry.

At the time of WENN going to press a director had yet to be announced.

The adaptation of the mini-series is not the only movie set to draw on Stevenson's iconic story as source material, as Russell Crowe is set to star as Dr. Jekyll in the Tom Cruise fronted reboot of The Mummy franchise, which is due out next year (17).