Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in Talks for ‘Nocturnal Animals’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal in Talks
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Sources tell Variety that Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal are in discussions to star in fashion designer Tom Ford’s thriller “Nocturnal Animals,” his second film as a director after 2009’s “A Single Man.”

This is in the early days as no financial offers have been made yet but insiders say it is headed in that direction.

Ford will write and direct and also produce along with George Clooney and Grant Heslov through their Smokehouse Pictures banner.

Based on the novel by Austin Wright titled “Tony and Susan,” the plot is described as a “story inside a story,” with the first part following a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion.

The second element follows the actual manuscript, called “Nocturnal Animals,” which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself.

Sources say actors were immediately drawn to the project when the script hit the market, and Adams aggressively pursued the part, as she was interested in the part of Susan, with Gyllenhaal pushing hard for the male lead.

Adams has received five Oscar nominations, most recently for best actress in “American Hustle.” Gyllenhaal has a history of strong dramatic roles with a dark edge.

Adams is about to start production on “Story of Your Life” opposite Jeremy Renner and can be seen next reprising the role of Lois Lane in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” She is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment.

Gyllenhaal is coming off his critically acclaimed role in “Nightcrawler” and has a strong 2015 ahead with the boxing pic “Southpaw,” the Working Title pic “Everest” and “Demolition” all bowing in 2015. He is repped by WME.

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  1. Bill B. says:

    A Single Man was such a stunning film debut for Ford that I cannot wait for this to happen, but I’m now even more intrigued with this casting.

  2. PETER JAY says:

    I hope that Jake and Amy don’t regret this.

  3. Fantastic to hear about Tom Ford’s sophomore effort! I’ve been wondering what he’d do after his sensational debut feature. And, too, Amy Adams is quite possibly my favorite actress working in films today. What more can I say about Jake: He’s great…! Can’t wait to hear more about this endeavor…. :D

  4. KD. says:

    From PSHoffman to Tom Ford…

  5. Bea of - FakeABaby - says:

    Great! If Jake will be officially there then count me in!

  6. Stephen S. says:

    Sounds kind of similar to the underrated Bradley Cooper movie The Words. But I like Adams and Gyllenhaal and this sounds like it has potential.

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