Jake Gyllenhaal to star in The Double for director Denis Villeneuve

Jake Gyllenhaal

A couple of weeks ago, Jake Gyllenhaal was attached to the film MOTOR CITY…for a day.  Then he dropped out and we all moved on with our lives.  But today Jake Gyllenhaal attached himself to the film THE DOUBLE for director Denis Villeneuve.  Villeneuve, as you may recall, just landed Hugh Jackman in PRISONERS, but since Wolverine is incredibly busy, he’s going to fit in THE DOUBLE with Jake Gyllenhaal first.  And no, this isn’t a remake of last fall’s THE DOUBLE, which starred Richard Gere and Topher Grace.  I know Hollywood is all about remakes, but that would be ridiculous.  No, this is a completely different story and hopefully.

This film is based off the novel of the same name by José Saramago and from all accounts, is an excellent thriller.  The story is about a man (to be played by Jake Gyllenhaal) that rents a DVD and notices his exact double in an uncredited, tiny part in the film.  Obsessed with his discovery, he sets out on a journey to track the man down, but what he finds turns both of their lives upside down.  The book is described as very “internal” in nature, which means there’s more going on in the lead character’s head than in the story.  That gets really, really tough to translate on film, but hopefully Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal know what they’re doing.

The idea is for Jake Gyllenhaal to play dual roles, which has plenty of pitfalls in its own right.  But if Jake Gyllenhaal does one thing right, it’s the “confused-intensity”.  He’s great when he’s playing someone trying to figure something out that seems crazy (think SOURCE CODE).  No official word on when production will start, but I have to assume this will shoot before PRISONERS, which is scheduled in the late fall. (Variety)

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