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Jake Gyllenhaal In Talks To Join Hugh Jackman And Melissa Leo In Prisoners

The first film that director Denis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal worked on together, the upcoming thriller An Enemy, hasn't even been released yet, but it looks like they are already interested in doing another project together. The Oscar nominated actor, whose latest film End of Watch arrived in theaters this past weekend, is now in talks for a role in Prisoners, Villeneuve's latest movie that already has Hugh Jackman and Melissa Leo on board.

Variety, which reported the casting news, says that the story follows a carpenter who is driven to the edge when his daughter and best friend are kidnapped. When he finds that the police are unable to help him, he decides to take on the job himself, which puts him at odds with "the big-city detective assigned to the case." The trade doesn't say which roles any of the actors will be playing. Production is gearing up to start early next year and Alcon Entertainment is looking at a Fall 2013 theatrical release in partnership with Warner Bros.

While Villeneuve and Gyllenhaal did work together recently, apparently the actor wasn't easily sold on the new film. While the performer learned of the director's next movie while working on An Enemy, earlier talks stalled until the script, which was written by Aaron Guzikowski, went through a rewrite. An Enemy, which is based on the novel by José Saramago and adapted by Javier Gullon, follows a man (Gyllenhaal) as he searches for his doppelganger after seeing him in a movie. The project also stars Inglourious Basterds' Melanie Laurent, Cosmopolis' Sarah Gadon and Isabella Rossellini. The film does not yet have a US distributor, but could find its way into theaters next year.

Eric Eisenberg

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