Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to dark comedy"The Double," a month after it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
"The Double" is a Film4 and BFI presentation of an Alcove Entertainment production in association with Protagonist Pictures. "Submarine" director Richard Ayoade helmed "The Double," starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska.
Magnolia plans a 2014 release following a festival run.
Script was co-written by Ayoade and Avi Korine and is loosely based on the novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Supporting cast includes Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts and Paddy Considine.
Amina Dasmal and Robin Fox produce with executive producers Michael Caine, Graeme Cox, Tessa Ross and Nigel Williams.
Eisenberg plays a timid, isolated man who's overlooked at work and ignored by the woman of his dreams (Wasikowska). The arrival of a new co-worker, also played by Eisenberg, upsets the balance since the new co-worker is his exact physical double and his opposite.
Deal was negotiated by Magnolia's John Von Thaden with WME Global and Protagonist Pictures on behalf of the filmmakers.
The Double is Film4 and BFI presentation of an Alcove Entertainment production in association with Protagonist Pictures.
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