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Written by Ayoade and Avi Korine – who wrote Harmony Korine’s Mister Lonely – The Double is based on Russian literary icon Dostoyevsky’s novella about a disaffected man driven to near breakdown by the appearance of his doppelganger. The film will be shot in London.
The casting of such in-demand performers demonstrates Ayoade’s sky-rocketing influence in the film industry. Eisenberg played Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher’s Oscar-nominated The Social Network, while Wasikowska starred opposite Michael Fassbender in Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre. She also has a lead role in John Hillcoat’s forthcoming Lawless – which is currently competing for the Palme D’or at Cannes – after Tim Burton cast her as Alice in his adaption of Alice in Wonderland.
Ayoade has also cast Yasmin Paige and Noah Taylor in The Double, both of whom were integral to the success of debut film Submarine, which won the Jury Grand Prix at Giffoni Film Festival in 2011 and Best Screenplay at the 2011 BIFA awards.
The film is produced by Amina Dasmal & Robin Fox of Alcove Entertainment, and will be co-produced by Attercop Productions and MC Pictures. International sales will be handled by Protagonist Pictures.
The film will be released by STUDIOCANAL in the UK, and has already been sold in France (Mars), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Switzerland (Rialto) and Portugal (Lusomundo).