Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Video Game Movie Adaptation ‘The Division’
Jake Gyllenhaal is getting back into video game blockbusters.
After starring in Disney’s big screen adaptation of Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia, Gyllenhaal is reteaming with the company for their next video game movie. The Nightcrawler actor is expected to star in and produce the upcoming adaptation of the Ubisoft game, Tom Clancy’s The Division, according to Variety. The online third-person shooter game follows the player as an agent of the titular Strategic Homeland Division after a smallpox outbreak spreads via dollar bills in New York City. The game debuted on March 8 and made a record-breaking $330 million within its first week of release. Ubisoft is developing the film and still looking for a writer to pen the script.
You’ll be seeing a lot of Gyllenhaal in dramatic roles outside of video games movies, though. The actor will appear in Tom Ford’s drama Nocturnal Animals with Amy Adams opening this fall. Gyllenhaal will also appear in Bong-Joon Ho‘s monster movie Okja, Daniel Espinosa’s Life with Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds, and David Gordon Green’s Boston marathon movie Stronger. He'll also reteam with his Prisoners and Enemy director Denis Villeneuve for crime thriller The Son. So even if this new video game adaptation is as bad as his last, at least there's some (potentially) solid Gyllenhaal performances to look forward to.