Jesse Eisenberg and writer/director Richard Ayoade are teaming up for what is sure to be the most adorable, hyperliterate and neurotic adaptation of a Dostoyevsky work ever, Vulture reports.
Eisenberg, whose next film "30 Minutes or Less" is holding up theaters on August 12, will star in "The Double," one of the few Dostoyevsky works not assigned to English students everywhere ever.
In "The Double," government worker Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin is going a tad batty as he's convinced that his doppelganger is stealing his life, from his job to his name. Plus, he's doing it way better than Golyadkin! His doppelganger is everything Golyadkin isn't, and, frankly, it's making our hero a little loco. Is he imagining it? Or does he really have a Double making him feel like even more like a loser?
Ayoade told The Guardian earlier this year, "[It's] A sort of doppelganger tale, and funny, I think… Dostoevsky never finished it to his satisfaction. We're going to dust that off. We'll do what Fyodor couldn't." He's working on the script with Avi Korine, who cowrote "Mister Lonely" with his brother Harmony Korine. (Yes, Harmony Korine of "Trash Humpers" and "Gummo.")
Of course, bear in mind that Ayoade is a natural comedian known for his self-deprecating demeanor, so he's probably wigging out Moss-style at the temerity of this project. Moss, for those of you not in the know, is Ayoade's character on the hit Brit TV series "The IT Crowd." He works in the basement with his buddy Roy, played by Chris O'Dowd, and wears high water pants and thick glasses.
Based on Ayoade's sweet and strange film "Submarine" and the episode of "Community" he directed inspired by "My Dinner With Andre," as well as the characters he's played, this novella about an awkward loner is right up his alley. You might say it's his specialty. Pairing him with Eisenberg, who's known for his portrayal of similarly troubled outsiders and neurotics, is a genius move. "The Double" is sure to be less AP English and more art house favorite.