Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star in the upcoming crime thriller Nightcrawler.
Before you get your hopes up, let me just say that this movie has absolutely nothing to do with the X-Men character of the same name. Although seeing the character reconstructed as a Los Angeles crime reporter would be interesting, it certainly isn’t happening here.
Screenwriter Dan Gilroy will make his directorial debut with Nightcrawler. He recently co-write the script with his brother Tony Gilroy. Rene Russo, Dan’s wife, will co-star in the feature.
Jake Gyllenhaal will star as a young journalist who finds himself twisted up in the world of freelance journalism in Los Angeles. Considering Nightcrawler is being billed as a thriller, one has to assume that something terrible happens along the way.
Filming on the project is scheduled to begin this October. Producers are hoping to find a buyer for the flick at this year’s Cannes Film Market. If everything goes swimmingly, then the movie could find its way into theaters next year.
Gyllenhaal hasn’t been on the big screen since the 2012 cop drama End of Watch. However, the actor is looking to change all of that very soon.
The Donnie Darko star recently finished work on acclaimed director David O. Russell’s Nailed. The movie, which also stars Jessica Biel and James Marsden, tells the story of a small town waitress who gets a nail lodged in her skull.
Jake Gyllenhaal is also starring in Denis Villeneuve’s Canadian thriller An Enemy. The movie chronicles a man’s attempt to find his doppleganger after he spots the guy in a movie. Both films are expected to arrive in theaters at some point this year.
Denis Villeneuve also cast the actor in Prisoners alongside Hugh Jackman, Melissa Leo, Maria Bello, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard, and Viola Davis. Filming on the project is currently underway.
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