One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is writer/director Richard Ayoade’s The Double. Based on the novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the film stars Jesse Eisenberg as a government clerk whose life is destroyed after what he believes to be an exact copy of himself begins working in his office and attempts to ruin his life. As you can see in the just released trailer, The Double takes place in its own world and Ayoade has created something cool that hopefully you’ll be able to see in the near future. The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Rade Serbedzija, James Fox, and Yasmin Paige.
Shortly after the premiere I got to sit down with Jesse Eisenberg for an extended video interview. He talked about being at TIFF, what The Double is about, his initial thoughts on the script and his early talks with Ayoade that convinced him to do the role. Eisenberg also discussed preparation process, his thoughts on the possibility of working in television, upcoming projects like Midnight Sun, his play The Revisionist, the status of the Now You See Me sequel, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.