Jake Gyllenhaal Now in Talks to Join Hugh Jackman in 'Prisoners'
After putting criminals away in the cop drama End of Watch this past weekend, it looks like Jake Gyllenhaal is ready to flash a badge at least one more time on the big screen. Variety reports that the Prince of Persia star is in talks to join Hugh Jackman and the recently-cast Melissa Leo in Prisoners, a thriller that once had Antoine Fuqua attached but will now be helmed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies). The story follows a small town carpenter (Jackman) who turns vigilante after the police can't find his kidnapped young daughter and her friend. Along the way, he runs into the big city cop assigned to the case.
When Leo joined the cast last week, we wondered if she would be playing the role of the detective, but it turns out that's the part that Gyllenhaal has his sights set on. He learned about the project while he was working on Villeneuve's upcoming indie An Enemy, in which he plays two roles, and after the most recent draft of the script pleased him, Gyllenhaal entered into negotiations for the part.
So with the detective role conceivably snagged by Gyllenhaal, what role will Leo ultimately play here? Could she actually be the kidnapper? That would certainly pique our interest, since she's delved into the bizarre kidnapper territory before in Kevin Smith's controversial religious movie Red State. Either way, we're excited to see a talented cast like this come together and it should be fun to see Gyllenhaal and Jackman cross paths for the first time on screen. Production starts early 2013 and is aiming for a fall 2013 release.