Robert Cuccioli is taking a week's vacation from his starring role in the Broadway Jekyll & Hyde to film scenes for the upcoming feature Butterfly Legend. The movie, directed by Bruce David Klein, and written by Klein and Elliot Geisinger (based on a story by Geisinger), is shooting the week of July 20-26 at Cinema World Studios in Long Island City, Queens. The film is a psychological thriller about one Juliet Helms, a young woman married to a wealthy real-estate developer. Her life is disrupted by the twin menaces of repeated nightmares and the arrival of a mysterious stranger, who first unnerves and subsequently befriends her. Later, she buys a dollhouse, which the man delivers and helps install. Just as Juliet begins to realize that her recurrent dreams are in reality a repressed childhood memory, her life takes a dramatic and bizarre turn.
Cuccioli plays the stranger. Roxana Zal, whose credits include Something About Amelia and River's Edge, is Juliet, and William Atherton (The Sugarland Express, Die Hard) plays the husband. The film is being produced by Butterfly, LLC Productions.
Cuccioli has played the title role in Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde since it opened at the Plymouth Theatre on Apr. 28, 1997, and is scheduled to remain with the show until the end of 1998. Butterfly Legend has no release date as of yet.