Jake Gyllenhaal in Netflix's Velvet Buzzsaw. (Courtesy of Netflix/-)
Jake Gyllenhaal is to play the lead in darkly comic mid-life crisis series "Lake Success," about a wealthy man who deserts his wife and child in order to find his old college girlfriend.
Having broken through with "Donnie Darko," scooped an Oscar nomination for "Brokeback Mountain" and helped generate nearly US $1bn in global box office returns through "The Day After Tomorrow," "Prince of Persia" and "Jarhead," Jake Gyllenhaal is trying his hand at television.
The late 2018 novel "Lake Success" follows rich hedge fund manager Barry Cohen as he flees his version of the American Dream -- and the aggrieved wife, apparently imperfect son, and SEC investigation that threaten its destruction.
Gyllenhaal, who boards the HBO series as both producer and lead actor, is to play Cohen, as the watch-collecting 1-percenter gets on a cross-country Greyhound bus, becoming immersed in the dreams and hardships of his countrymen and women, and begins to consider an alternative assessment of his life and future.
The book's author, Gary Shteyngart, is heavily involved in the TV series, writing and showrunning alongside Tom Spezialy of "The Leftovers" and "Desperate Housewives."
More immediately, Gyllenhaal will co-star in "Spider-Man: Far From Home," in which he plays new Marvel Cinematic Universe character Mysterio.
The movie, which has Tom Holland as its title character, arrives July 5, 2019 in North American theaters and the same week in numerous worldwide territories, after "Avengers: Endgame" wraps up an 11-year, 22-film saga at the end of April.