Richard Ayoade's 'The Double' Trailer: Dostoyevsky Meets a Couple Eisenbergs

September 6, 2013


The Watch unfortunately didn't launch Richard Ayoade to the levels of stardom he should reach, but the good news for everyone is at least that means he can keep doing interesting directing work. Following up Submarine, Ayoade has moved past the coming-of-age quirk of his debut but held on to awkward white guy protagonism for The Double.

Based on the Dostoyevsky novella of the same name, the film sees meek, wiener-mode Jesse Eisenberg finally face his doppelgänger--cocky, Facebook-mode Eisenberg--in a war Michael Cera and Paul Dano are going to be upset they missed. Mia Wasikowska co-stars, as do the always-entertaining Wallace Shawn, Ayoade's old chum Chris Morris, and Submarine's Yasmine Paige and Noah Taylor. This first teaser is scant on the plot and dialogue, but like with the director's last film, it's heavy on tone, showing off a bureaucratic world lit by harsh hanging lights, lightly dabbed in hues of Jeunet, and clumsily crash-zoomed by Wes Anderson. Just a shame this will forever live in the shadow of Richard Gere and Topher Grace's worldwide sensation.

(Thanks, KidBraggart)

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