Jake Gyllenhaal Heads to HBO to Lead Limited Series ‘Lake Success’

     April 11, 2019

The Gyllenhaals are shoring up on HBO. Maggie Gyllenhaal anchors the pay cable network’s terrific drama The Deuce, which premieres its third and final season later this year, and now word comes that her brother Jake Gyllenhaal is heading to the not-TV network.

Per THR, Jake Gyllenhaal will star in and executive produce a limited series adaptation of the Gary Shteyngart book Lake Success. Per HBO, the drama revolves around Barry Cohen (Gyllenhaal), “a narcissistic, self-deluded and hilariously divorced from the real-world hedge fund manager who flees his family, his past and the SEC on a cross-country bus ride in search of his college girlfriend and a last chance at romantic redemption. Meanwhile, back in Manhattan, his brilliant wife Seema struggles to raise their autistic son and begins a tragicomic love affair of her own.”

Shteyngart is adapting the book himself alongside co-writer Tom Spezialy, a veteran of The Leftovers who’s also working on Damon Lindelof’s upcoming Watchmen HBO series. Shteyngart and Spezialy will serve as showrunners.

This will mark Gyllenhaal’s first foray into the realm of television after a lauded career on the big screen and on stage. He consistently delivers challenging and diverse performances, and I can’t wait to see what he brings to Lake Success. Recently, Gyllenhaal has stretching his range across a host of diverse characters, from Stronger to The Sisters Brothers to the Netflix satire Velvet Buzzsaw.

Next up for Gyllenhaal, he makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in this summer’s sequel Spider-Man: Far from Home as Mysterio. He was recently trying to get a Leonard Bernstein biopic off the ground to be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, but it appears that Bradley Cooper’s take on Bernstein edged out Gyllenhaal and Fukunaga as he won the exclusive rights to use Bernstein’s music. TV’s all the rage now, though, and given Gyllenhaal’s talent, the actor could now be in line for an Emmy.


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