Jake Gyllenhaal Will Not Be Replacing Dominic Cooper In Motor City

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-03-08 20:59:03discussion comments
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When it was reported last night that Jake Gyllenhaal was in talks to replace Dominic Cooper in Albert Hughes' Motor City, I noted that the actor has been a bit off the radar as of late. While he has David Ayer's End of Watch coming out later this year, he doesn't have any other in-development credits and we haven't seen him since Source Code was released early last year. Those facts only make this new development all the stranger.

Deadline says that Gyllenhaal has ended negotiations to star in Motor City, and while that may not seem weird by itself, the reason that the site is hearing has to deal with scheduling issues. The film, which is already set to star Gary Oldman as the villain and Amber Heard as the female lead, is about an ex-con who is released from prison and immediately goes on a mission of revenge looking for the person that set him up. The script was written by newcomer Chad St. John and will be Hughes's first film since 2010's The Book of Eli (he was developing a live-action Akira remake for a while but plans fell apart and he moved to this revenge tale). Apparently Gyllenhaal wanted to shift production dates back, however, Dark Castle, the production company owned by producer Joel Silver, wouldn't budge. The studio is now putting together a new short list of actors that could take Gyllenhaal's position and replace Cooper.

Is Gyllenhaal just trying to give himself some space from the business? Does he have other projects lined up that we don't know about? It's hard to say at this point, but we'll be sure to keep an eye on the situation.
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