Watch: Second Teaser for Ayoade's 'The Double' with Jesse Eisenberg

December 17, 2013
Source: Total Film

The Double Teaser Trailer

"Hey - you've got a call?" Another short new teaser trailer has debuted for The Double, the second feature from comedian-turned-filmmaker Richard Ayoade, adapting this time from a twisted Fyodor Dostoevsky novella. Jesse Eisenberg stars in the film as Simon, and also as James, his doppleganger who shows up at his work doing his tasks even better than him. It's a wacky, fun, but still wholly unique experience that I enjoyed quite a bit, since the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will also play Sundance in January. The cast includes Mia Wasikowska, Sally Hawkins, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor and Yasmin Paige from Ayoade's Submarine. This is another solid teaser trailer, using the song "Little Man" by Sonny & Cher.

Here's the second teaser trailer for Richard Ayoade's The Double, debuted by Total Film:

The Double is directed by Richard Ayoade (watch our TIFF interview with him here) who co-wrote the script with Avi Korine (brother of Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine), based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Double: A Petersburg Poem. The film follows Jesse Eisenberg as Simon, who arrives at work only to find an exact double of himself has usurped his tenuous position in the company. Routinely humiliated by his boss (played by Wallace Shawn), the neurotic Simon now has to deal with a doppelgänger that is everything he isn't: confident, charming, successful, superficial. Mia Wasikowska & Noah Taylor also star. The Double first premiered at the London & Toronto Film Fests and will also play Sundance before being released in 2014.

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Got a wee bit of a Brazil vibe about it there, just the grubbiness of the sets. Liking it.

Carpola on Dec 17, 2013


Gotta say, these two trailers so far are fantastic. I enjoyed Submarine, but found it too much of a subpar Wes Anderson/Noah Baumbach-imitation for it to be much worthy of remembering. This looks much more interesting and like a big improvement. A Dostoyevsky novel as source material doesn't hurt either, and Harmony Korine's brother as co-writer intrigues me as well.

Terry Craig on Dec 18, 2013

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