Jesse Eisenberg Has a Dark Half in New Trailer for ‘The Double’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 8th, 2014 at 4:41 pm,

One positive side-effect of the controversial casting of Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me) as Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman is that greater attention has been brought to the other films that Eisenberg has worked on recently, including one that has somewhat slipped under the radar.

This spring, Eisenberg will star as the lead(s) in The Double, an adaptation of the novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, in which a government clerk finds his entire life unravelling after he encounters a man who appears to be his doppelganger. The Double was directed by Richard Ayoade, who made his feature directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed coming-of-age drama Submarine, but who is better known for his role as Moss on geek comedy series The It Crowd.

The first trailer for The Double, which was set to the moody tones of “Grinnin’ in Your Face” by Son House, was dialogue-free and didn’t give away too much about the plot. Now a new teaser trailer has been released, in which Eisenberg’s character is told a parable about two snakes and… well, just watch the trailer to find out what happens to them.

Jesse Eisenberg as The Double Jesse Eisenberg Has a Dark Half in New Trailer for The Double

The Double boasts a strong cast, with indie star Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) and Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride) both in leading roles, and has already been screened at a few film festivals, including Toronto International Film Festival and London Film Festival. The response from critics has been varied, with Box Office Buzz calling it “a real shame, and an utter mess… just awful,” while, on the other end of the spectrum, Sound on Sight praised it as “exceptionally funny within its dark hypnagogic boundaries.”

The overall consensus seems to be that The Double is far darker than anything Ayoade has done before – possibly even darker than Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place.


The Double is out on limited release in the US on May 9, 2014.

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  1. So this guy is gonna be Lex Luthor? Also, first.

    • No it’s not the guy playing Lex Luthor. What led you to believe it was?

      • I was talking about the guy in the film, not Jesse obviously. I was talking about the character he plays, asking myself if this role has something he`ll use in the Lex Luthor persona.

        Do you understand now?

        • Hesenberg not Eisenberg !

      • Yes it is, where have you been?

    • yes it is…

  2. I do not know , why i have the feeling that, this guy will be the best Lex Luthor on the big Screen and one of the best villain interpretation of all time.

  3. Seems interesting to have this come out during a similar time as the new movie Enemy. Both seem to have a plot about a ones doppelganger with a darker theme.

    Hope that these movies do not collide too much with their concepts.

    • Dude I get it, I am not judging. Just expected in this being his latest role, that I could see something Lex Luthor-ish in him and I did not. I am too very excited to see him play, but he just doesn`t seem to be able to portray an interpretation of Lex Luthor that would be cool to the public.

      I could totally see this guy portray a great villain, but there are different kinds of villains. I`m not arguing a squeaky voice babyface killer guy could be the best villain ever seen in a comic book movie, I just don`t what that character to be Lex Luthor, he could be just some random made-up villain that would break the canon but make for a fantastic movie.

  4. great point John on Jesse playing lex. Everyone over reacts during casting of our favorite characters. Robert downey as iron man?? hes going to ruin it! Heath ledger as the joker?? are you kidding me???

    I personally cant wait to see how dark and twisted this Lex will be.

    • Oh cool I hadn’t heard that argument before. Heath Ledger as the Joker is a great example! I wonder why no one ever thinks of using that comparison when it comes to talking about this casting!

    • Yeah, but Heath Ledger as the Joker was a very rare, and yet perfect casting that only happens once in a lifetime. You seriously can’t pull off a “Heath Ledger” every single time. To think like that is unrealistic.

  5. I can’t wait to see this one.

  6. So…obviously everyone is going to scrutinize the hell out of his performance and use this as a measuring stick for why he can(‘t) play Lex. Can’t wait!

  7. Awesome. The Double looks like my kinda film.
    Eissenberg though…I don’t know, he’s still just kind of mediocre to me..

    • I agree. I just haven’t seen him play a wide variety of characters yet. It all seems like the same character from Zombieland to 30 Minutes or Less to The Social Network. It’s all been a social outcast, with an awkward complex. I think he’s good but it’s like having Adam Sandler play Batman. You just don’t see the connection yet

      • Yes, but Lex Luthor IS a social outcast if I am thinking correctly, from what my memory serves, he had a bad relationship with his father and was a brat in school and had little to no friends whatsoever.

        • Yes, but there’s a difference between brutal social outcast and nerdy social outcast. Lex was a brutal outcast. He had issues with his father and it lead to him not having friends because he displayed a “bully” type of persona. Now if it was Lex, the nerd outcast then Eisenberg would be perfect because he has that character down but bully, no, I just don’t see it. Then again, as reports have said, it is a whole new view of the character based on what Snyder sees so we might see the nerdy kid become a Zuckerberg type(something they might view as being a tough bully type). We just really don’t know

  8. See?!?! This just totally validates MY superior opinion that Jesse Eisenberg would be totally _________________* for the role of Lex Luthor.

    *Insert adjective here.

    • Inconceivable!!!

  9. Hopefully this is the film in which Eisenberg breaks out and plays a more complex character. Some parts of the trailer gives me hope that he is and some parts seems like the same old character played in The Social Network, Zombieland, and other movies he’s done. For better or worse, this will probably be the movie that people will compare to when playing Lex.

  10. I bet this comments section would be next to empty if Eisenberg hadn’t been cast as Lex last week.

  11. Why is everyone looking at this performance or his past performances as any indication of how he’ll play Lex? People bring up Health Ledger as the Joker, but I don’t remember Heath Ledger doing anything remotely like his portrayal of the Joker in his past performances and his casting was a stroke of genius.
    Eisenberg could flop, or he could be another genius casting. We don’t know until we see him in the role.

    • You sir are a.rare.specimem.

      Because the internet is full of peeps who complain.

    • The difference between Ledger and Eisenberg is that Ledger has already done a wide variety of character roles before Ledger has played a troubled teen, to a gay cowboy, to a nerdy brother, to a brother trying to be a hero whereas Eisenberg has only played a social outcast teen trying to fit in or a social outcast teen makes millions all while he tries to fit in to a social outcast teen finds love and therefore learns to fit in

      • Yeah but we don’t know how Eisenberg is going to tackle this role and people are basically making assumptions about something based on nothing more then a movie or two that he did. Even this one, people are looking at his performance to see if Lex is in there.
        Ledger had a nice resume of various roles before he took on the role of the Joker, but like I said before, none of those roles gave any indication on how or what he was going to do with the character. The same goes with Eisenberg with the role of Lex. We can look at all his past film roles and none of them will tell us how or what he will do with this role.

  12. “The Double, an adaptation of the novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky”
    Well…that sounds boring..
    Richard Ayoade….okay…I’m in. Moss rules all.

  13. ugh, ben f*cking affleck, gal *no boobs nor curves* gadot and jesse *no acting talent* esienberg in batman v superman.
    still we know how the supervillian in the batman/superman film is…
    … the casting director!

    Marvel must laughing all the way to the bank

  14. Isnt there a movie like this coming out with Jake Gyllenhaal called “Enemy” ?