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?

pic courtesy of tumblr

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:

Jamie Patricof, John Lesher, Jake, Lynette Howell, Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden

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):

Jake and John Lesher

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 hope Jake is having a good time rehearsing with his co-stars in New York

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:

Tuesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30pm; Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00pm
Previews: August 24–September 19, 2012
Opening Night: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012 evening performance: 7:30pm
Monday, November 19, 2012 evening performance: 7:30pm
No Perfomances: Saturday, September 8, 2012 (evening); Sunday, September 9, 2012; Sunday, September 16, 2012; Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22, 2012
Complimentary 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.
I’m sure more news will follow soon.

24 thoughts on “Jake the Gambler

  1. Thanks for the update. I just saw the news prior to coming here. Jake seems to be taking on more darker and grittier movies. I hope that he might do something upbeat after doing EOW, Enemy and Mississippi Grind. It does sound like an interesting movie. Also thanks for identifying the older gentleman. We’ve seen Jake with him before and no one seemed to know who he is. So he was meeting with a paramount Big Wig.

    have a great day GC


    • Hiya Linda, good to see you!

      I don’t think Mississippi Grind is going to be a grit or dark movie, it sounds like more of an on the road adventurous film. I guess time will tell (if he’ll really make it). Yep, he was meeting with the Big Wig himself, and more than once.

      You too have a great day.

  2. Jake is extremely busy! New agency brought him luck. Mississippi Grind seems interesting. you may be right, looks like road adventurous film. if Jake’s character is a young gambler, he will probably be well shaven, I guess.

  3. It great to hear about new projucts. Sounds great. Still not sure about them cargo pant. LOL. Like the first pic. Very nice indeed. 😀

  4. This Mississippi Grind project is doubly interesting to me, as I’m originally from Mississippi. Usually when I hear the words “gambler” and “Mississippi” in a sentence together, I automatically think of riverboat action from the nineteenth century. But these days there are so many Vegas-style casinos in the Delta, on the river, on the Gulf Coast, and elsewhere in the state that a movie about modern-day gambling addicts set in the South makes perfect sense. If Jake is going to be in it, and if any of it is filmed in Mississippi, I must find a way to find my way there.

    • Interesting insight, thanks! I don’t know much about gamblers and their world, Las Vegas seems to me a place that fell from the outer space and landed on the desert with a big thump just like a spaceship would do, aliens included. I’m curious though and I hope it will be really filmed in your ex hood so you can take the opportunity to go back there for a visit.

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