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.
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.