Jake Gyllenhaal joins the cast of Denis Villeneuve‘s The Son. The crime novel adaptation will mark the third time the Academy Award-nominated Brokeback Mountain actor works with the director of Sicario.
Gyllenhaal has previously worked with Villeneuve on his films Enemy and Prisoners. The project is also his second time working with production company Nine Stories, having just completed work on another film of their films entitled Stronger:
The Son follows the life of Sonny Lofthus, a once gifted 15-year-old and promising wrestler, whose downward spiral ensues when his cop father commits suicide. For the past twelve years, Sonny’s time in prison has been nurtured by an uninterrupted supply of heroin from a seedy chaplain on the inside. When Sonny learns long-hidden truths about his father’s unexpected death, he makes a brilliant escape and begins hunting down the people responsible for his wrongful sentence.
Nine Stories, who has a first look and overhead deal with Bold Films, recently completed principal photography on their first feature film David Gordon Green’s Stronger. Gyllenhaal stars as the working-class Boston man Jeff Bauman, whose iconic photo from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing captured the hearts of the world. Inspired by a true story and based on the New York Times bestseller, Stronger is the deeply personal account of the heroic journey that came after that photo – defining a man’s inner courage, a community’s pride, a family’s bond and an unexpectedly tenacious love. Lionsgate will release Strongerin 2017.
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