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Richard Ayoade Starts Production On New Project "The Double" This Month

by Sergio
May 11, 2012 5:59 PM
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British actor/comedian/screenwriter and actor Richard Ayoade (who makes his American film debut in the Fox comedy The Watch this summer) will follow his 2011 film directing debut, Submarine, with The Double, which starts shooting on May 20th in London, from a script Ayoade co-wrote with Avi Korine.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn and Noah Taylor, the film is a comic reinterpretation of Foydor Dostoyevsky's 1846 novel.

According the film's official synopsis, the lead character 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. 

No release date has been set for the film, though it already has been sold to several overseas markets including France, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Portugal.

h/t EC Forde

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  • Lou | May 30, 2012 3:43 PMReply

    Ayoade's geek act is annoying and so are his desperate attempt to make "Hit" Films that consists of nothing else but copied elements of other people's original style and ideas. Come up with something yourself Mr. Ayoade and be a little humble what others are concerned, I'd say. And I'm not talking about Harvey Weinstein but regular people and women who live in this world. Going for Mia Wasikowska as the "Dream Woman" is lame and predictable. She looks like a barbie doll on drugs with her vacant expressions but I suppose that's not really a surprise considering that her goal as a 15 year old was to act and make "lots of money". Not really what the world or the real women in it need, Mr. Ayoade, and guess what- we're not going to pay for it.

  • Aimee | June 1, 2012 4:15 AM

    Wow. Calm down.
    I don't think there's anything particularly damaging to women about casting Mia Wasikowska, you're over-reacting and nothing you're saying about her is genuine criticism, you clearly just have a personal issue with this actress. Also; to be honest, as a woman, I'm genuinely insulted that I apparently shouldn't want to make 'lots of money'. Because I certainly do. I'm a freelance screenwriter and I work very hard and enjoy what I do. And yes, I'd love to be very very rich, who wouldn't? It seems that you're just upset that this girl dreamed of being wealthy and then actually achieved it.

    And as for "making 'hit' films that consist of nothing but copied elements of other people's ideas", what do you think film-making is? ALL films are like this, and all films borrow from the styles and conventions of other films and other media. It's part of the industry and part of what audiences expect. If you want something lacking in conventions and genre tropes then go and watch experimental films and be done with entertainment flicks altogether, because anything made for the purpose of entertaining is being made to please, and what pleases audiences is seeing the same styles and conventions arranged repeatedly, just in subtly different combinations or in subtly different contexts. Nothing is truly original in an industry defined by specific guidelines.

  • ale | May 12, 2012 10:59 AMReply

    Sounds riveting. Who do these people grow up with?

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