Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal will be heading to the small screen.
Gyllenhaal is poised to make his television lead debut with Lake Success, a limited HBO series that will also have him on board as executive producer. The series will be based on Gary Shteyngart’s highly-acclaimed book of the same name and will be written by Shteyngart and Tom Spezialy (upcoming Watchmen series, The Leftovers, Ash vs Evil Dead). Shteyngart and Spezialy will also be the showrunners.
The plot follows Barry Cohen (Gyllenhaal), a narcissistic, self-deluded hedge fund manager who is hilariously divorced from the real world. He flees his family, his past and the SEC on a cross-country bus ride in search of his college girlfriend and a last chance at romantic redemption. Meanwhile, back in Manhattan, his brilliant wife Seema struggles to raise their autistic son and begins a tragicomic love affair of her own. No word as yet on who will play Seema.
“Gary’s novel is a beautifully executed character study highlighting the depth of human contradiction and complication, set against the timely backdrop of America today,” Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker, backing the series via their Nine Stories production banner, said in a joint statement. “We are thrilled to partner with HBO, who has consistently been home to some of the most exciting and acclaimed premium content over the past two decades.”
Gyllenhaal recently starred in Netflix film Velvet Buzzsaw and will soon be seen playing Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far from Home. HBO is gearing up for the kick-off of the highly-anticipated final season of Game of Thrones, beginning April 14.