The Double (2013 film)
|Directed by||Richard Ayoade|
|Based on||The Double
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
|Music by||Andrew Hewitt|
British Film Institute
|Distributed by||StudioCanal UK (UK)
Magnolia Pictures (USA)
|Running time||93 minutes|
The Double is an upcoming comedy film directed by Richard Ayoade and starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. The film is based on the novella The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It is about a man who is driven nearly to breakdown after finding out his life has been usurped by a doppelgänger.
Lost, lonely and invisible, Simon James is shocked when a new employee, James Simon, bears a striking resemblance to himself but is the polar opposite in temperament. He is more assertive, brash, risk-taking. James asks Simon why he doesn't have a girlfriend. Simon is interested in Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), but his shyness keeps him from expressing his feelings for her. James coaches Simon on how to woo Hannah. Then Simon finds that James has gone behind his back and started a relationship with Hannah. This leads to a violent confrontation between Simon and James.
- Jesse Eisenberg as Simon / James
- Mia Wasikowska as Hannah
- Wallace Shawn as Mr. Papadopoulos
- Noah Taylor as Harris
- Rade Serbedzija as Frightening Old Man
- Yasmin Paige as Melanie Papadopoulos
- James Fox as The Colonel
- Phyllis Somerville as Simon's Mother
- Sally Hawkins
- Cathy Moriarty
- Chris O'Dowd
- Paddy Considine
- Chris Morris
- Craig Roberts as Detective
In February 2012, it was reported that Richard Ayoade would direct a new comedy, The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, in the United Kingdom. Principal photography began on 20 May 2012 in London and has since finished.
The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on 7 September 2013. On 15 October 2013, it was announced that Magnolia Pictures had acquired the US rights to the film for a 2014 release. 
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