Jake the Gambler
Not Dostojevskij’s Gambler, no. Isn’t it funny how this is Jake’s second role somehow related to Dostojevskij’s novels? ‘The Double’ first and now ‘The Gambler’. I’m sure he would make a wonderful Alexei Ivanovich.
See what I mean?
Sorry, I’m digressing.
Back to the news! According to The Hollywood Reporter Jake will be starring as a gambler in ‘Mississippi Grind’, a new indie movie:
Indie darlings Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden are delving into the world of gambling for their next film and have enlisted Jake Gyllenhaal for a lead role.The multihyphenate duo, who directed Ryan Gosling to a best actor Oscar nomination, will helm Mississippi Grind from a screenplay they penned.
The story centers on a down-on-his-luck gambler facing crushing debt who teams up with a younger gambling addict (Gyllenhaal) in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what has been lost. The lead character would be a plum role for Hollywood’s fortysomething set.
WME, which reps Fleck, Boden and Gyllenhaal, is packaging the project, which would fall in the less-than-$10 million budget.
Electric City partners Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell are producing alongside former WME agent and Paramount president John Lesher.
I guess this project was the main subject during this lunch back in January 2012 (pic courtesy of IHJ, more from the same encounter there). All five people mentioned in the THR column are here:
Jake met Paramount president John Lesher in two other occasions that I remember of, this was one of them back when the cargo pants still ruled, in December 2011 (again, thanks to IHJ):
I’m curious to know who will play the fortysomething actor. Anyway, a new role for Jake is always good news (if confirmed), I can’t wait to know more about it.
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Jake knows no rest these days. It looks like, among rehearsals for ‘The Play‘, Jake will attend a starry showing of End of Watch hosted by Proof co-star Gwyneth Paltrow:
Gwyneth Paltrow and Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld are hosting a starry showing of Jake Gyllenhaal’s new movie, “End of Watch,” Sunday in East Hampton. Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant will also host the Open Road Films event at the Goose Creek screening room. Gyllenhaal will attend even while he’s deep in rehearsals for his US stage debut in Nick Payne’s “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet,” which starts previews next week. The show opens on Sept. 20, a night before Gyllenhaal’s film. source
Make up your minds, folks: is it the 21st or the 28th?
I can’t believe previews start next week! Speaking of which, the Roundabout Theater changed the poster:
I think I liked the other one better. Performance schedule below:
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULETuesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30pm; Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00pmPreviews: August 24–September 19, 2012
Opening Night: Thursday, September 20, 2012Sunday, August 26, 2012 evening performance: 7:30pmMonday, November 19, 2012 evening performance: 7:30pmNo Perfomances: Saturday, September 8, 2012 (evening); Sunday, September 9, 2012; Sunday, September 16, 2012; Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22, 2012Complimentary Talkbacks: A discussion with the actors following the 2:00pm performance (subject to change without notice). Saturday, September 15, 2012; Saturday, September 22, 2012; Sunday, October 14, 2012; Saturday, October 20, 2012; Saturday, October 27, 2012; Sunday, November 4, 2012; Sunday, November 11, 2012.