Jake Gyllenhaal Drops Out Of ‘Into The Woods’

Jake Gyllenhaal turned down the chance to co-star in the upcoming musical Into the Woods.

The Source Code star was in talks with Disney to star as Rapunzel’s Prince in Rob Marshall’s adaptation of the Broadway show. However, the actor decided to drop out of the project after a role in another feature became available.

According to The Wrap, Jake Gyllenhaal turned down Into the Woods in order to star in the upcoming thriller Nightcrawler. If you’re hoping this flick is based on the Marvel Comics character, then you’re probably going to need something to contain your disappointment.

Written and directed by Real Steel scribe Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler casts Gyllenhaal as a guy who gets swept up in the Los Angeles crime journalism community. Filming on the project is set to begin this October.

Starpulse reports that Jake Gyllenhaal simply couldn’t fit Marshall’s upcoming musical into his schedule. The film is expected to begin production around the same time Nightcrawler goes in front of the camera. Shooting both films back-to-back ultimately proved impossible for the actor.

Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, and Emily Blunt are currently attached to star in Into the Woods. According to IMDb, Christine Baranski, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Pine are also rumored to have roles in the picture. However, nothing about their involvement has been confirmed as of this writing.

Nightcrawler isn’t the only flick Jake Gyllenhaal currently has in the works. The actor recently finished work on Denis Villeneuve’s thrillers Enemy and Prisoners. He’s also attached to David O. Russell’s long-delayed romantic comedy Nailed.

Indiewire reports that Gyllenhaal will begin filming Contraband with Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, and Jason Clarke this November. He’s also expected to star in 2 Guns director Baltasar Kormakur’s drama Everest. The guy’s schedule seems incredibly full at the moment.

Are you a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal? Are you disappointed that he dropped out of Into the Woods?

[Image via Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com]