Jake Gyllenhaal is negotiating to take dual roles in Denis Villeneuve's upcoming An Enemy, Variety reports. The film is based on the novel, "The Double" by Jose Saramongo, which is officially described as follows:
Tertuliano Máximo Afonso is a divorced, depressed history teacher. To lift his spirits, a colleague suggests he rent a certain video. Tertuliano watches the film, unimpressed. But during the night, when he is awakened by noises in his apartment, he goes into the living room to find that the VCR is replaying the video. He watches in astonishment as a man who looks exactly like him-or, more specifically, exactly like he did five years before, mustachioed and fuller in the face-appears on the screen. He sleeps badly.
Against his better judgment, Tertuliano decides to pursue his double. As he roots out the man's identity, what begins as a whimsical story becomes a "wonderfully twisted meditation on identity and individuality" (The Boston Globe). Saramago displays his remarkable talent in this haunting tale of appearance versus reality.
Gyllenhaal, who last appeared in Duncan Jones' Source Code, would play both parts with an adapted screenplay by Javier Gullón (El rey de la montaña). Production is expected to begin immediately as An Enemy is planned to shoot before Villeneuve's Prisoners, recently confirmed to feature Hugh Jackman in the lead.