Actor Paul Dano caught himself a Nocturnal Animal to co-lead his directorial debut.
Jake Gyllenhaal, who features in Tom Ford’s festival favorite Nocturnal Animals, is announced to star in Wildlife with Carey Mulligan. Dano co-wrote the screenplay with Zoe Kazan, and will direct the film, which is based on Richard Ford’s novel from 1990.
The story centers on a teenage boy who watches his parents’ marriage crumble after the family moves to Montana.
“In Richard’s book I saw myself and many others,” Dano said in a statement accompanying the press release. “I have always wanted to make films — and have always known I would make films about family. I couldn’t be happier to have such beautiful collaborators like Carey and Jake leading the way.”
Gyllenhaal will help produce the film with Riva Marker from Nine Stories, as well as Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, and Dano. Kazan and Eddie Vaisman will executive produce.
This will be the first time Gyllenhaal and Mulligan share a screen. The actress was last seen in Suffragette, and recently wrapped production on Mudbound with Jason Clarke. Gyllenhaal, meanwhile, has the sci-fi film Life, Bong Joon-ho’s Netflix film Okja, the adaptation of The Division video game, and The Man Who Made It Snow coming down the pipeline.