Jake Gyllenhaal is not only known as one of the great contemporary actors, he’s also got a great track record of picking exciting projects to star in, and it looks like that track record is continuing. He has signed on to star in the remake of the Danish thriller The Guilty.
The original film follows a police officer who is under investigation and is demoted to desk-work at an emergency call centre. He then receives a phone call from a terrified woman, and to be honest, to reveal any more of the plot would be spoiling the film. It’s one of those that is best to see totally blind, but Gyllenhaal is certainly a great choice for the lead.
The original film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, where the rights to the remake were acquired by Bold Films and Nine Stories. In a statement to Variety, Gyllenhaal and the remake’s producer, Riva Marker, said:
“We saw The Guilty at Sundance and were blown away. Gustav Möller‘s film masterfully weaves tension into an acute character study, and is exactly the kind of material that Nine Stories is excited to develop. We are honoured to be able to adapt it for American audiences alongside Bold Films”.
Original director Möller and producer Lina Flint are on board the remake as executive producers. The original film is also serving as the Danish entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Academy Awards, so it’s possible Gyllenhaal and co. have got in on the ground floor before the film becomes more well known.
Attention will now turn towards who will direct the film. Gyllenhaal is known for working with some of the best directors around, so it will be interesting to see if he can help lure another big name to this project.
Before all that, he will next be seen reuniting with Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy for Velvet Buzzsaw, which hits Netflix February 1, 2019, before he’s set to play the villain Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home, which hits cinemas on July 5, 2019.