Jake Gyllenhaal to star in new HBO series
This will be the first regular TV role of his career.
HBO has cast Academy-Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal as the lead in its new limited series The Son.
Adapted from the novel of the same name by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø, Gyllenhaal will star as heroin addict Sonny Lofthus who’s serving a long sentence for crimes he didn’t commit.
When he learns the truth about his seemingly corrupt father, who committed suicide years before, he escapes to hunt down those responsible for his wrongful imprisonment.
Denis Villeneuve, who previously collaborated with Gyllenhaal on the acclaimed dark thrillers Prisoners and Enemy, will direct all of the episodes.
Creators of HBO’s ambitious sci-fi drama Westworld Jonathon Nolan and Lisa Joy will serve as joint showrunners alongside Lenore Zion who is to write the project.
Zion’s other credits include episodes of Billions, Ray Donovan and SyFy's underrated horror anthology Channel Zero.
“Denis is a master at weaving visually exquisite and unique narratives, Jake is a gifted actor and producer whose work often traverses provocative and compelling terrain, and of course, he and Denis have collaborated brilliantly in the past,” said Francesca Orsi executive VP of HBO programming.
“We are beyond excited to see how this powerhouse team tackles this exceptional work.”
A release date for The Son has yet to be confirmed.