'The Double' Trailer: Jesse Eisenberg's Doppelganger Isn't Michael Cera, So Shut Up.

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The Double Trailer: Jesse Eisenberg's Doppelganger Isn't Michael Cera, So Shut Up.

By Jodi Clager | Trailers | September 9, 2013 | Comments ()


The Double is British director Richard Ayoade’s film adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoyevsky tale of the same name. Dostoyevsky’s novella follows a Russian clerk that arrives at work one day to find his doppelgänger is now in the office. The psychological tale follows the protagonist as he deals with the fellow who looks like him, has the same name as him, comes from the same hometown as him, but is more confident and successful than him.

“Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite — confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon’s horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.”

Ayoade’s film has Jesse Eisenberg taking on the dual roles of Simon and James. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival but still has no immediate release date in the U.S., which is a shame if the trailer is any indication of the its quality.

The lack of dialogue gives the already unsettling premise an even more unnerving appearance and the song, Sun House’s “Grinnin’ in Your Face,” takes the whole thing over the top for me. You can’t glean this from the trailer, but Ayoade has said that this is a dark comedy as well as a psychological brain f*ck of a movie. My favorite!

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  • Saw The Double on Saturday at TIFF. It's bleeping excellent.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Looks like a David Lynch film and sounds a little Anansi Boys... but Dostoyevsky did come first.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    Didn't Michael Cera already do this movie? Is there going to be some kind of meta reference to "Youth in Revolt" stuck in the movie somewhere?

  • DeusExMachine

    One Jesse Eisenberg is enough to discourage me from seeing this, not to mention two.

  • koko temur

    Its based on dostoyevsky. The most mind fucking and depressing of our writers. And coming from Russia, it says it all about how this will end. You curled in a fetal position, basically.

  • Berry

    For good happy fun times, call Dostoevsky -- 18097-SELF-LOATHING.

  • Crystal O.

    Oh I'm so down for this. It looks like it's basically Hitchcock's "The Case of Mr. Pelham," which was so awesomely creepy.

  • John W

    If you hadn't mentioned Dostoyevsky I would have assumed this was based on Harlan Ellison's Shatterday.

  • zeke_the_pig

    The book is fucking awesome, and I always feared that someone would at some point try to adapt it, but...yeah, considering the talent involved, I'm willing to give this a shot.

  • George Tarleton

    I just noticed the gorilla in the header pic and now I can't stop staring at it.

    Oh, and yeah, good trailer.

  • BWeaves

    Wait? There's a gorilla? Holy crap, this reminds me of that video where you're supposed to count how many times a ball is passed between a team of people, and you never notice that a gorilla walks right through the video.


  • koko temur

    It sounds and looks silly, but its actually a very, very important experiment about how our brain focuses on tasks and short/long term memory and many more. thanks for reminding me! Brings back memories of intro to cognition.

  • BWeaves

    Wallace Shawn is still alive? INCONCEIVABLE!

  • He must have not gone in against a Sicilian when DEATH was on the line.

  • Ofir Fishkin

    that's how you make a trailer, not really giving anything away but making people curious.

  • grace b

    Richard Ayoade and Jesse Eisenberg on the same set!? Can you IMAGINE those awkward and awesome conversations?? Very psyched for this one. Didn't love Submarine (hated the book) but I love RA so I won't bee disappointed....

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