Jesse Eisenberg Battles Himself in Excellent New Trailer for Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE

     February 28, 2014


Magnolia Pictures has released a wonderful new trailer for writer/director Richard Ayoade’s (Submarine) new film The Double.  The story centers on meek office-drone Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) who is overlooked by everyone he knows including his crush, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).  Simon’s meager life is then upended when he meets James Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a man who’s identical in appearance and the complete opposite in personality.  This trailer is, quite simply, fantastic, as it highlights Ayoade’s delightfully inventive script, Eisenberg’s stellar dual performances, and the film’s darkly humorous tone.  The film received a wildly positive response at the Toronto International Film Festival (read Matt’s review here), and I can’t wait to check it out for myself in a couple of months.

Hit the jump to watch the new U.S. trailer.  The film also stars Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy ConsidineThe Double will be available VOD and in theaters on May 9th.

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Here’s the official synopsis for The Double:

Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon’s horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.


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  • Neo Racer

    that 2 mins felt like an ETERNITY

  • VicManMan

    This movie is how Michael Cera feels about Jesse Eisenberg.

    • thinker365


    • Murdoch

      I’ve never seen Michael Cera elevate any movie/role he’s ever been in. Of all the cameos in This is the end, his acting seemed the most forced. It REALLY killed the mood.

      I’d say the two are as far away from each other in terms of genuine skill and acting chops as Kristen Stewart & Saoirse Ronan.

  • milo

    Nice trailer, great music. I just don’t get how so many trailers try to sell the movie by using the same music that every other trailer uses.

  • mattinacan

    i don’t get this sites fascination with eisenberg, how is he a good actor? this is him playing himself as always.

    • Melwing

      ^ knows Jesse Eisenberg personally

      • mattinacan

        ^ has never seen any of his interviews

      • Melwing

        ^ i can’t think of anything but i wanted to continue pointing at you

  • thinker365

    Looks like it should’ve been made by Christopher Nolan, hehe. I like the pace and soundtrack very much. I’m intrigued for sure.

    • LL

      It’s not fast paced in the film, though. For those who appreciate the art of film, they’ll like it. But i wouldn’t say it’s for mass consumption.

  • GrimReaper07

    This movie and Enemy have practically the same premise don’t they?


      yeah except enemy is definitely not a comedy

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