Jake Gyllenhaal has been fairly quiet on the movie front since last year’s Source Code. The Oscar-nominated actor was in talks for the lead in Motor City, but bailed the day after the news broke he was attached. Now, it looks like the actor is taking on a project with a smaller scope. Variety reports he’ll play two parts in the upcoming indie film An Enemy, and this one sounds pretty intriguing. More details after the jump.
The film is set to be directed by Denis Villeneuve, and “revolves around a dysfunctional history teacher who accidentally discovers his exact double on a rented DVD, seeks him out and ends up turning both of their lives upside down.” Sounds more like a clone than a twin, which makes things even more interesting. The script is being written by Javier Gullón, and is based on Jose Saramago’s book, “The Double.”
The book’s Amazon page gives us a bit more insight into the plot elements, saying that the identical version of the main character is actually what he looked like five years prior, so there’s clearly some sort of time element at play. All in all, this sounds like great material for an independent film, and with a heavy-hitter like Gyllenhaal behind it, it’s sure to generate some buzz. Whether that buzz is good or bad remains to be seen. Are you interested in An Enemy?