Jake Gyllenhaal will be starring in his second video game adaptation.
The Prince of Persia star has signed on to lead an adaptation of Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’ The Division, which has seen record-breaking sales since release. Variety broke the news, reporting that Gyllenhaal is also attached to produce the project.
Ubisoft is spearheading the development of this feature, which follows the company’s move into cinematic adaptations with Assassin’s Creed, the Michael Fassbender-starring picture set to hit cinemas this December. Also in development is an adaptation of Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell series; Tom Hardy is attached to lead that one.
The Division is a third-person shooter set in a dystopian Manhattan. The city has been ravaged by a smallpox pandemic and is now in a state of chaos and lawlessness. A Strategic Homeland Division team, known as The Division, is tasked with investigating the outbreak and controlling the criminal activity that has risen.
Gyllenhaal marks quite a get for Ubisoft. The actor has been knocking out one strong performance after another, putting in strong turns in Prisoners, Enemy, Nightcrawler and last year’s Southpaw.
Ubisoft is expected to sign up one more big name for The Division before taking it to studios. We’ll keep you informed.