The landscape of television has certainly shifted since being dubbed “The Golden Age” and now more than ever, Hollywood A-listers are making the move to the small screen in search of more enriching and longer-narrative projects. The latest addition? Academy Award nominee and upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home star Jake Gyllenhaal.
According to Deadline, the actor will be heading to HBO to star in a new limited series based on Gary Shteyngart’s 2018 novel Lake Success. The series follows “narcissistic, self-deluded and hilariously divorced from the real world hedge fund manager Barry Cohen (Gyllenhaal), who flees his family, his past and the SEC on a cross-country bus ride in search of his college girlfriend and a last chance at romantic redemption. Meanwhile, back in Manhattan, his brilliant wife Seema struggles to raise their autistic son and begins a tragicomic love affair of her own.”
Shteyngart will co-write and co-showrun Lake Success with Watchmen’s Tom Spezial. Gyllenhaal will executive produce under his Nine Stories banner alongside Riva Marker.
[row]”Gary’s novel is a beautifully executed character study highlighting the depth of human contradiction and complication, set against the timely backdrop of America today. We are thrilled to partner with HBO, who has consistently been home to some of the most exciting and acclaimed premium content over the past two decades,” Gyllenhaal and Marker said in a statement.[/row]
With HBO’s juggernaut Game of Thrones on its final season, the premium cable service is bringing quite the star power to their catalog moving forward. Meryl Streep is set to star in the upcoming second season of Big Little Lies, which already stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Dern and Kate Winslet will be starring in a new limited series titled Mare of Easttown. It’s set to follow a small-town Pennsylvania detective who investigates a local murder at a time when her own life is crumbling around her.
Gyllenhaal is currently starring in the Netflix original film Velvet Buzzsaw and will soon be taking on the role of Mysterio in Marvel’s Spider-Man sequel Far From Home. What do you think about his HBO project? Did you read Lake Success? Let us know!
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