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Richard Ayoade Begins Shooting Second Film

Richard Ayoade will start shooting his second film next week...

Submarine director Richard Ayoade will next week begin shooting his second feature The Double, inspired by Russian literary icon Fyodor Dostoyevsky and starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska.

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).

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One Response to Richard Ayoade Begins Shooting Second Film

  1. Lucy Reply

    May 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    How disappointing to see a filmmaker whose first film did well to sell out at the first opportunity.

    Hiring “in-demand” actors (*) is never a good sign. “In-demand” actors work on bad films all the time and for a new director like Ayoade who is only making his second feature to fill his main cast with them implies that the script is not good enough to get attention without them. The fact that the script is not even an original one but based on existing material only confirms this.

    It’s also unfortunate that the film isn’t produced by those who made Submarine. The “B”producers attached to this film have a record of unsuccessful films who’ve gone straight to DVD.

    And as if Richard Ayoade hasn’t already copied Wes Anderson enough, he also chose to have the film cast by Douglas Aibel who has enraged people (understandably enough to boycott the films he casts) with his whitewashing and racist casting decisions.

    Leaves nothing to look forward to. Just a lot of lessons for Richard Ayoade. Lets hope he’ll apply them to his next (next) film.

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    (*) Mia Wasikowska ruined Jane Eyre and it’s no wonder the director of the film also had doubts about casting her but made the mistake to base the decision on another director who had worked with her. Of course all directors want the actors they’ve worked with to get more work. It’s because the more known an actor gets, the more attention their own films get but that doesn’t make the casting right and will only lead to less people paying to see their movies in the long run.

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