Don't let my article title fool you, I'd love to see Jake Gyllenhaal portray a cop again. The role suits him well, as he proved in David Ayer's End of Watch playing one of the LAPD's finest. Check out the film pronto if you can, it's that good. Moviegoers weren't the only ones impressed with Gyllenhaal, he's now being courted by Warner Bros. for the new movie Prisoners, which also has Hugh Jackman and Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo attached to star.
We're not sure which actor will be playing which role yet in Denis Villeneuve's film. Given the film synopsis below, the hot shot detective part seems to lean towards Gyllenhaal, I'm thinking.
The story centers on a carpenter, whose daughter and best friend are kidnapped, and when the police seem to be dragging their feet on the case the man takes action into his own hands. This search for justice pits him against "the big-city detective assigned to the case." I guess Jackman could portray the cop here too. It's just a hunch, on my part, that Gyllenhaal will play the detective.
If Gyllenhaal joins the film, it will create a reunion with Villeneuve. The two worked together on the recently wrapped up project called An Enemy, which sees the actor in hot pursuit of his exact look-alike.
The Prisoners story isn't exactly a unique one that I'm itching to see, though a great cast could help sway my decision. I've also come to enjoy enough Gyllenhaal movies (Donnie Darko, Jarhead, Zodiac, Source Code, etc.) to pretty much guarantee I'll see this one too.
Alcon Entertainment is looking to have Prisoners theater ready by Fall 2013.