Denis Villeneuve on board to direct indie based on novel

Before directing Hugh Jackman in “Prisoners,” Denis Villeneuve will helm the indie “An Enemy” with Jake Gyllenhaal in negotiations to star.

Javier Gullón is penning the adaptation based on the novel “The Double” by Jose Saramago.

The story revolves around a dysfunctional history teacher who accidentally discovers his exact double on a rented DVD, seeks him out and ends up turning both of their lives upside down.

Niv Fichman of Rhombus Media will produce along with Miguel Angel Faura of Roxbury Pictures, in association with Mecanismo Films in Madrid.

Alliance Films will distribute in Canada and Pathé in the U.K. and France. Pathé will also handle international sales.

Villeneuve will likely shoot “Enemy” before “Prisoners” as Jackman is now busy filming Universal’s “Les Miserables.”

Gyllenhaal would play two roles in the film, described by sources as “dark and edgy.”

Gyllenhaal just finished production on the gritty cop drama “End of Watch.” He’d also been considering the revenge thriller “Motor City” but a deal could not be worked out and he had to pass.

The WME-repped Gyllenhaal was most recently seen in Summit’s “Source Code.” Open Road bows “End of Watch” on Sept. 28.

Villeneuve is repped by CAA and Claude Girard.

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