The Double is a comedic reimagining on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella of the same name. The story follows a young man who meets his doppelganger and is driven to the edge of insanity.
Or maybe past the edge.
There aren’t a ton of details on the film as of yet, and the trailer (below) is more about the tone and mood of the film rather than the exact plot. It’ll likely be a pretty dark comedy, though I struggle to understand the humor at all. That said, Jesse Eisenberg plays Simon and James. Simon is the protagonist I believe, while James is the doppelganger. Simon is a normal, unremarkable man. That’s what makes the appearance of his doppelganger so significant.
And he goes batshit crazy.
Richard Ayoade wrote the screenplay and is directing The Double. It’s his second film, after Submarine. Ayoade played Jamarcus in The Watch, and he’s pretty well known to fans of The IT Crowd as Maurice. He’s a funny dude.
The Double Trailer
The Double Release Date
Who’s In It?
Jesse Eisenberg… Simon/James
Wallace Shawn . . . Mr. Papadopoulos
Noah Taylor . . . Harris
Rade Serbedzija . . . Frightening Old Man
Yasmin Paige . . . Melanie Papadopoulos
What’s Good About It?
I like Dostoyevsky’s work in general, and this looks like a quality updating of past themes. I don’t think it’ll be too faithful to the source work, which is a double edged sword, since the original material is likely better, but sometimes great work doesn’t easily translate into a new format. Ayoade is a pretty talented dude, and The Double has a great cast.
The trailer messed with my head a bit, so that’s good, right?
What’s Bad About It?
The Double strikes me as a student film that’s trying too hard. Sometimes that’s not a bad thing, but sometimes it just means the film is a waste.
Our Clever Prediction
I highly doubt The Double will make much money. It’s a tough concept and is likely going to fail to find a large audience. That said, it might turn out to be a quality film and develop a cult following.