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Mia Wasikowska Joins Jesse Eisenberg In Richard Ayoade's 'The Double'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 1, 2012 at 10:23AM

Freshly minted on the cover of Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood Issue, Mia Wasikowska continues to stack up one great project after another. 2012 will see the rising actress appear in John Hillcoat's highly anticipated "The Wettest County" as well as in Park Chan-Wook's English language debut "Stoker" and she's adding yet another promising movie to her slate.
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Freshly minted on the cover of Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood Issue, Mia Wasikowska continues to stack up one great project after another. 2012 will see the rising actress appear in John Hillcoat's highly anticipated "The Wettest County" as well as in Park Chan-Wook's English language debut "Stoker," and she's adding yet another promising movie to her slate.

After inhabiting the world of Charlotte Bronte for "Jane Eyre," Wasikowska will be dipping her toes into some Dostoevsky (sort of) in "Submarine" director Richard Ayoade's "The Double." Co-written by Ayoade and Avi Korine, (brother of Harmony Korine), the story, which involves a bureaucrat who starts to lose his sanity when a doppelganger begins working in the same office, has been transplanted to contemporary America. As you might expect, it won't be a literal adaptation, as Ayoade told us over the summer, "It’s one of those things where I don’t know how you would adapt that story faithfully. It’s so internal, about someone’s descent into madness. Also, the elements that are more satirical, about a counselor in 19th century Russia, don’t feel particularly personal now, people don’t go ‘Oh, those privy counselors!’ It’d be pretty odd, you’d always have to start with a bunch of footnotes.”

The plan is to get this in front of cameras in the spring or summer in the U.K., and rights to the project will be up for grabs later this month at the European Film Market. A movie stringing three of the most exciting young voices working in front and behind camera today? Sign us up. [Screen Daily]

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