Jake Gyllenhaal To Star In & Produce Denis Villeneuve’s HBO Limited Series ‘The Son’
By far one of the most dependable performers in Hollywood today, Jake Gyllenhaal continues to expand his résumé. Following a universally beloved turn as the villainous Mysterio in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, the BAFTA Award winner sets his sights on his next project. As first reported by Deadline, Gyllenhaal will star in a forthcoming HBO series titled The Son. The series reunites Gyllenhaal with his Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve.
The aforementioned Villeneuve will helm the series and serve as executive producer along with Gyllenhaal. Moreover, Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy will board the project via their Kilter Films banner to assist with development and production. Additionally, Lenore Zion (Billions) is set as showrunner and executive producer. HBO will develop the limited series in collaboration with Gyllenhaal’s Nine Stories production company and his partner Riva Marker (Beasts of No Nation).
The Son is an adaptation of the 2014 Jo Nesbø novel with the same name. The #1 New York Times bestseller is a thrilling story of vengeance. Gyllenhaal will star in the series as Sonny Lofthus. After serving time in prison for crimes Lofthus did not commit, the recovering addict can’t recall much of his past. However, he embarks on a thrilling run from the law in order to seek out the truth. HBO’s EVP and Co-Head of Drama Francesca Orsi expresses her excitement to adapt the novel with Villeneuve and Gyllenhaal in a statement accompanying the initial announcement.
“John and Lisa are a formidable creative force and we are excited to collaborate with them again, alongside the brilliant Lenore, to adapt Jo Nesbø’s novel,” said Orsi. “Denis is a master at weaving visually exquisite and unique narratives. Jake is a gifted actor and producer whose work often traverses provocative and compelling terrain, and of course, he and Denis have collaborated brilliantly in the past. We are beyond excited to see how this powerhouse team tackles this exceptional work.”
Up next, Gyllenhaal will appear on-stage at London’s Savoy Theatre in Sunday in the Park with George. He will also star in another HBO series titled Lake Success and Netflix’s The Division alongside Jessica Chastain. Additionally, the Nightcrawler star is set to appear alongside Oscar Isaac in Barry Levinson’s Francis And The Godfather biopic. Finally, the actor’s upcoming slate of projects will re-team him with director Antoine Fuqua for Netflix’s The Guilty.
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