Jake Gyllenhaal is the latest big-name actor heading to the small screen. His sister Maggie Gyllenhaal already stars in The Deuce, and now her younger brother has signed on join her on HBO to lead the limited series, Lake Success.
The show is adapting the Gary Shteyngart book of the same name. The drama will revolve around Barry Cohen, a narcissistic, self-deluded hedge fund manager, who flees his family and the suspicious SEC on a cross-country bus ride in search of his college girlfriend and one last chance at romantic redemption.
Back in Manhattan, his brilliant wife Seema struggles to raise their autistic son and begins a love affair of her own. Shteyngart is adapting the book himself alongside Tom Spezialy. Spezialy previously wrote on The Leftovers and is also working on Damon Lindelof‘s upcoming Watchmen series.
This will mark Gyllenhaal’s first foray into the world of TV. If his jump from the silver screen to the smaller one doesn’t prove that the line between TV and film is as blurry as ever, I don’t know what will. He remains arguably the best working actor today, consistently turning in magnetic performances and picking great projects.
HBO have owned the limited series game recently, with Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects being the two major successes. If Lake Success is anything like those, with Gyllenhaal on board, we could be in for something special.
There’s no news when the series is expected to head into production. Until then, Gyllenhaal can be seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home. The first post-Endgame MCU film hits cinemas Friday, July 5.