Jake Gyllenhaal will reunite with Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy for an upcoming Netflix film about the Los Angeles art world. Gyllenhaal’s Nightcrawler co-star Rene Russo is also slated to appear in the upcoming Untitled Dan Gilroy Project, which focuses specifically on an L.A. art critic. According to Page Six, right now Gyllenhaal is “busy doing research” for the role, immersing himself in the world of artists, collectors, gallerists, and half-billion-dollar auctions.
Gyllenhaal is reportedly all over the L.A. art scene, but the publicly released information concerning the film is extremely secretive. No one knows much yet about what specific places, pieces or people in the art world Gyllenhaal has been studying, but art critic Jerry Saltz has a suggestion for who Gyllenhaal might want to contact while he preps for the role—Carolina Miranda, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. “Trust me, you’ll be locked in tight,” Saltz tweeted in regards to his suggestion that Gyllenhaal contact the west coast critic. (She has her own casting suggestions, though.)
After Nightcrawler, Gilroy’s directorial debut about a sociopathic tabloid camera man played by Gyllenhaal, he went on to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, and moved on to direct and write Roman J. Israel, Esq., starring Denzel Washington. Other writing credits for Gilroy—who also happens to be married to actress Rene Russo—include The Bourne Legacy and Kong: Skull Island. Netflix’s feature film division reportedly beat multiple bidders this June when it purchased the upcoming Gilroy art world film. This is not Gyllenhaal’s first time at the Netflix rodeo either—he previously starred in Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja with Tilda Swinton, about a conglomerate hunting a genetically engineered super pig that could feed the entire planet, only to discover it has already bonded with a young girl.
While there have not yet been recent reports of any LACMA appearances by the dramatic method actor, maybe residents of the city of Angels will catch him in line for the Infinity Mirrors at The Broad. You know, for research.