Paul Dano Nabs Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan for Directorial Debut ‘Wildlife’

Paul Dano, Wildlife

In-demand actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan are headlining Paul Dano‘s directorial debut, “Wildlife.” Variety first broke the news.

News of Dano’s new film first broke in early August. Per the announcement, the actor will direct a big screen adaptation of Richard Ford’s classic, “Wildlife.”

According to the report, Dano also co-wrote the screenplay with actress Zoe Kazan, who is also executive producing the film. The film is being produced by Alex Saks and Andrew Duncan for June Pictures with Oren Moverman (“Love & Mercy”), Ann Ruark and Dano. Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker are also producing through Nine Stories.

An official logline for the film is not available yet, but the book’s synopsis is as follows:

When Joe Brinson was sixteen, his father moved the family to Great Falls, Montana, the setting for this harrowing, transfixing novel by the acclaimed author of Rock Springs. Filled with an abiding sense of love and family, and of the forces that test them to the breaking point, ‘Wildlife’ is a book whose spare poetry and expansive vision established it as an American classic.

Of the casting announcement, Dano said, “In Richard’s book I saw myself and many others. I have always wanted to make films — and have always known I would make films about family. I couldn’t be happier to have such beautiful collaborators like Carey and Jake leading the way.”

Dano most recently appeared on the big screen in the Sundance film “Swiss Army Man” alongside Daniel Radcliffe. He is currently filming “Okja,” which is being directed by Joon-ho Bong and also stars Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins and Tilda Swinton.

Gyllenhaal recently made the festival circuit with Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals.” Carey Mulligan last appeared in “Suffragette,” but has Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” next year. Mulligan nabbed a Best Actress nomination for her work in “An Education” in 2010.

Gyllenhaal was also a nominee for Best Supporting Actor for “Brokeback Mountain” in 2006.

Stay tuned for more info on the project as it develops.

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Written by Lauren Huff

Lauren Huff is a film and awards geek. When she's not writing about film and the industry, she's drinking coffee, reading mystery novels or hanging out with her husband and stinking-cute puppy. She's reported from the red carpets of Austin Film Festival, SXSW and various film premieres. Her work has appeared in several outlets, including Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Us Weekly and more.

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