New role alert: Jake Gyllenhaal in negotiations to star in “An Enemy” as his own double.

Stress on in negotiations, please. I’m trying not to get my hopes up this time.

Variety announced today that Jake might star in a new film based on the novel “The Double” by the Nobel Prize for Literature winner José Saramago (Blindness, anyone?), as 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.

Something more about the plot of the novel from Amazon:

Tertuliano Máximo Afonso is a history teacher in a secondary school. He is divorced, involved in a rather one-sided relationship with a bank clerk, and he is depressed. To lift his depression, a colleague suggests he rent a certain video. Tertuliano watches the film and is unimpressed. During the night, noises in his apartment wake him. He goes into the living room to find that the VCR is replaying the video, and as he watches in astonishment he sees a man who looks exactly like him-or, more specifically, exactly like the man he was five years before, mustachioed and fuller in the face. He sleeps badly.

Against his own better judgment, Tertuliano decides to pursue his double. As he establishes the man’s identity, what begins as a whimsical story becomes a dark meditation on identity and, perhaps, on the crass assumption behind cloning-that we are merely our outward appearance rather than the sum of our experiences.

This could be one of those very rare occasions in which a film turns out better than the novel it’s based on. “The Double” is not an easy read, it can get tedious at times, what with its half page-long paragraphs and lack of punctuation. But turning this into a film can result in an intriguing, thought provoking, gripping film.

And what about Jake playing two roles? If someone can do it, that’s Jake. He was clearly in for some major changes in his career when he left his old agency CAA for WME and I think his choice to star in The Shoes music video in a role that is so different from his latest ones might be connected to those changes, and maybe this new film, too.

I hope the official statement will be made soon, if Jake really decides to sign. Damn, I hope he will.

Stay tuned!


11 thoughts on “New role alert: Jake Gyllenhaal in negotiations to star in “An Enemy” as his own double.

    • Have you ever ready anything by Saramago? His style is unique. I read Blindness twice and that’s a privilege I reserve to few books. As for The Double, I read it long ago and I remember I struggled sometimes to get to the next page but it’s worth a reading, especially now 🙂

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  3. I like the picture above. I may be mistaken but isn’t it the beginning of Source Code when Colter/Sean wakes up in the train?… Another topic about identity 🙂

      • Well I’m bragging… but I deserve no credit… Watched the movie again yesterday… “Gyllenhaalic thing?” But what are U talking about?… I don’t understand what U mean! MDR

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