Naomi Watts To Star In Demolition With Jake Gyllenhaal
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.22.2014
From the director of Dallas Buyers Club...
The Wrap reports that Naomi Watts is in talks to star with Jake Gyllenhaal in Demolition, the next film from director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club). Black Label Media will finance and produce. Mr. Mudd's Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich and Russ Smith will produce with Black Label's Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill. Right of Way's Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook will executive produce with Nathan Ross (Vallee's producing partner and manager).
The film is based on the 2007 Black List script by Bryan Sipe. Here's a synopsis: "Demolition" follows a young investment banker (Gyllenhaal) struggling to understand his emotional disconnect following the tragic death of his wife in an auto accident. As he tears apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong, he becomes obsessed with destruction and develops a unique relationship with a single mother (Watts) who rescues him.
Watts is in talks to play a customer service representative for the company behind a vending machine that eats Gyllenhaal's money. She smokes marijuana and begins to fall for his character (even though she's dating her boss) after she learns about his troubled life.
Vallee said that the film is "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."
Black Label joined the project in October 2013 while Gyllenhaal was announced in June.