Oscar-nominated actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumerbatch are in talks to star in Luca Guadagnino’s thriller RIO, instantly making it one of the hottest projects that will be shopped at Cannes this month.
Written by Steven Knight (Locke), the film follows a reporter (Gyllenhaal) who travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit a wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), only to get roped into a plot to fake his friend’s death.
Studiocanal will finance and produce Rio, which Gyllenhaal and Cumberbatch would also produce through their respective companies Nine Stories and Sunny March, should their deals close. They’d be joined by their respective producing partners Riva Marker and Adam Ackland.
The plot of Rio intrigues me, but only because I’ve been waiting my entire life for one of my wealthy friends to ask me to help them stage their deaths. I mean, how fun does that sound!?!
Gyllenhaal next stars in Bong Joon-ho’s Cannes-bound monster movie Okja, which will debut on Netflix next month. This fall, he plays Boston Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman in David Gordon Green’s Stronger, which Lionsgate will release on Sept. 22. Gyllenhaal recently wrapped Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife and he’ll begin filming Jacques Audiard’s first English-language feature The Sisters Brothers this summer with co-stars Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly and Riz Ahmed.
Cumberbatch is coming off the success of Marvel’s Doctor Strange, and is expected to give Gyllenhaal a run for his money this awards season with his turn as Thomas Edison in the Weinstein Company’s period drama The Current War. He’s also set to voice the title role in Illumination Entertainment’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
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