Richard Ayoade Starts Production On New Project “The Double” This Month

Richard Ayoade Starts Production On New Project "The Double" This Month

British actor/comedian/screenwriter and actor Richard Ayoade (who makes his American film debut in the Fox comedy The Watch this summer) will follow his 2011 film directing debut, Submarine, with The Double, which starts shooting on May 20th in London, from a script Ayoade co-wrote with Avi Korine.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn and Noah Taylor, the film is a comic reinterpretation of Foydor Dostoyevsky's 1846 novel.

According the film's official synopsis, the lead character Simon is "a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world.  He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams.  He feels powerless to change any of these things.  The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance.  James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and good with women.  To Simon's horror, James slowly starts taking over his life. 

No release date has been set for the film, though it already has been sold to several overseas markets including France, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Portugal.

h/t EC Forde

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Ayoade's geek act is annoying and so are his desperate attempt to make "Hit" Films that consists of nothing else but copied elements of other people's original style and ideas. Come up with something yourself Mr. Ayoade and be a little humble what others are concerned, I'd say. And I'm not talking about Harvey Weinstein but regular people and women who live in this world. Going for Mia Wasikowska as the "Dream Woman" is lame and predictable. She looks like a barbie doll on drugs with her vacant expressions but I suppose that's not really a surprise considering that her goal as a 15 year old was to act and make "lots of money". Not really what the world or the real women in it need, Mr. Ayoade, and guess what- we're not going to pay for it.


Sounds riveting. Who do these people grow up with?

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