Magnolia Pictures has picked up U.S. rights to The Double, Richard Ayoade's film starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska.
Ayoade ♥, an English comedian-actor who made his directorial debut with 2010's Submarine, co-wrote and directed The Double, which is loosely based on the novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. An Alcove Entertainment production, the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Magnolia is planning a 2014 theatrical release following a domestic festival run.
Co-written by Avi Korine, the story follows a man named Simon (Eisenberg) who is overlooked at work, criticized by his mother and ignored by his dream woman (Wasikowska). When a new co-worker arrives (also played by Eisenberg), Simon's world is changed by the doppelganger who is everything that Simon is not.
The supporting cast includes Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts and Paddy Considine. [aaahhhhh brb crying at all the flawless]
In THR's Toronto review, John DeFore wrote of the film: "A big shift from his coming-of-age debut film, Submarine, the heavily stylized film further demonstrates the actor's ability to create self-contained worlds behind the camera."
I love basically everyone involved, so I'm excited. \o/