Hot off the somewhat surprising box office success of his small-budget cop drama End of Watch, Jake Gyllenhaal is looking to don his police uniform yet again. Variety reports that Gyllenhaal is in talks to star opposite Hugh Jackman in the vigilante thriller Prisoners. Jackman stars as a working-class Boston father who sets out to track down the man he believes is responsible for kidnapping his daughter and her friend. Along the way, he runs up against the big city detective assigned to the case. Gyllenhaal is looking to take on the role of said detective, with Melissa Leo also poised to star in the film for director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies).
Gyllenhaal just recently wrapped filming on Villeneuve’s An Enemy, so he already has a relationship with the director. Production on Prisoners is set to begin in early 2013 after Jackman completes The Wolverine, with an eye towards a Fall 2013 release. [Update: Gyllenhaal has been confirmed for Prisoners. Hit the jump for the full press release.]
JAKE GYLLENHAAL JOINS HUGH JACKMAN IN ‘PRISONERS’ FOR ALCON ENTERTAINMENT
LOS ANGELES, CA, October 2, 2012 – Academy Award nominated actor, Jake Gyllenhaal, will join Hugh Jackman in the gripping thriller PRISONERS to be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Academy Award-nominated “Incendies”) it was announced by Alcon Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
Written by Aaron Guzikowski (“Contraband”), story revolves around a small-town carpenter named Keller (Jackman) whose young daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, Keller takes the law into his own hands, but in the process runs up against Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal), a hot shot cop with confidence to burn, assigned to the case.
Kosove and Johnson are producing, along with 8:38 Productions’ Kira Davis and Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner. Ed McDonnell and John Stark will executive produce.
Production is scheduled to begin in early 2013. Alcon is targeting a Fall 2013 release through its output deal with Warner Bros.
Gyllenhaal just wrapped Villeneuve’s “An Enemy” and will next be seen in “End of Watch” for Open Road. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in “Brokeback Mountain.” Later this month, he will make his American Stage debut in the off-Broadway play “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet.”
Gyllenhaal is repped by WME.