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Nope - he's not about to throw in the thespian towel so that he can spend his days knocking down derelict buildings. In fact, Jake Gyllenhaal is angling to become Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée's Demolition man in a movie about a young investment banker who falls into an emotional disconnect after his wife dies.

The actor, who appeared in notable 2013 thrillers Prisoners and Enemy, is reportedly in talks with Vallée over the movie, which boasts a 2007 Black List script by Bryan Sipe.

Vallée is coming off the massive success of Dallas Buyers Club - the Matthew McConaughey-starring AIDS cowboy drama, and has just finished working on the Nick Hornby adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir, Wild.

He spoke of Sipe's new script:

Demolition is such a powerful and touching story, written with a strong and sincere desire to try to understand the human psyche, what makes us so unique, so special, what makes us love. This is a script of a rare quality, of a beautiful humanity.

To add some more color, Gyllenhaal is expected to play the bereaved banker who begins to tear apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong, but is ultimately rescued by a woman he meets in a chance encounter.

While we all now know that Gyllenhaal can do 'dark', I still don't understand why Vallée was not at least nominated for Best Director. Dallas Buyers Club's pacing and tone was superb - so Demolition is one pairing we should definitely be piquing our interest for.


Jake Gyllenhaal in Demolition...

(Source: Variety)


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