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Watch: First Trailer For Richard Ayoade's 'The Double' Starring Jesse Eisenberg & Mia Wasikowska

by Drew Taylor
September 6, 2013 8:55 AM
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On Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival, the newest film from writer/director Richard Ayoade (as opposed to the newest film from actor Richard Ayoade who was in the abysmal Ben Stiller comedy "The Watch") premieres. Based on the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella "The Double," it stars Jesse Eisenberg, who is presumably driven insane by the appearance of an eerie doppelganger. Wouldn't you know it, now there's a debut trailer too (courtesy of The Guardian).

The brief but moody trailer features Eisenberg walking around in an ill-fitting suit through all sorts of extreme lighting situations while glimpses of the movie and his costars (including Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn and Noah Taylor) flash around him. The clip, instead of featuring dialogue, is backed by some kind of bluesy old song (we're not going to pretend to know what it is and it would probably break Shazam trying to figure it out). Watch it below.

Ayoade's last film, "Submarine," was a charming coming-of-age comedy that was hampered somewhat by the debt it paid stylistically to Wes Anderson, and besides one suspicious snap zoom, it looks like the director is carving out his own visual niche with this one. Look for our review of "The Double" very, very soon.

Magnolia Pictures "The Double"
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  • EhRon | September 9, 2013 1:41 PMReply

    Okay, so it's a cool trailer... but does it not look very similar to this one?
    The films are about different things, but there's using the same song, and then there's using the same song with a lot of the same shots... Anyone else have an opinion, or am I being crazy?

  • blindinglyobvious | September 9, 2013 12:29 AMReply

    Erm... Aoyade the director and Aoyade the actor are one and the same.

  • Scott B. | September 7, 2013 1:10 AMReply

    I'm really looking forward to seeing this film. But guys, not having a clue that Son House is the one providing the "some kind of bluesy old song" is pretty hard to read. Yikes. The trailer looks fascinating.

  • mitchmickey | September 6, 2013 9:36 PMReply

    Seriously, that is one sexy trailer. I love it.

  • Westhiefbiggestofall | September 6, 2013 10:25 AMReply

    Indeed, Wes Anderson never invented a technique. If you listen to his Criterion Commentaries, you'll find that every single scene was inspired by something he has already seen, heard or read.

  • Alan B | September 6, 2013 9:38 AMReply

    You haven't heard of "Son" House? Fuck, you really are ignorant, which wouldn't surprise me you hadn't heard of a little thing called the FRENCH NEW WAVE, which inspired both Anderson and Ayoade. Anderson didn't invest the crash zoom and neither did those other guys: the fact that you think that Anderson owns specific techniques and that it's artistic theft to utilize some of the same techniques is sad. However, I guess this post will be taken down and replaced by a typically witless alternative because you morons are too insecure about your incompetence and stupidity.

  • Alan B | September 6, 2013 6:42 PM

    ... good one, James. No, seriously, what a phenomenal insult: your wit and timing remind me of a less talented and interesting Drew Taylor (think for a moment how much of a true insult THAT is).

  • James | September 6, 2013 11:43 AM

    Wow you're so culturally enlightened and film literate! Idiot.

  • Lars | September 6, 2013 10:34 AM

    Thank you. The "Wes Anderson-lite" dismissal of Submarine drives me crazy. You'd think somebody on this blog would have seen a Godard film from time to time. Also, it's not hard to Google the lyrics of a blues song to figure it out.

  • Max | September 6, 2013 9:28 AMReply

    Song is "Grinnin' in Your Face" by Son House.

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