Jake Gyllenhaal is already creating Oscar-buzz for his role in Southpaw, which is released this week, more so after Nightcrawler was so under-nominated at last year’s ceremonies.
While the actor has a lit the cinema many times over the years with films like Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, End of Watch and more, by the looks of things, the best is still to come from the actor.
Ahead of the release of Southpaw this Friday, we look forward to what’s on the horizon for Jake Gyllenhaal.
Jake Gyllenhaal returns to screens this week with another physically transformative turn as Light Heavyweight Champion Billy Hope in Southpaw. His wonderful life, with a loving wife (Rachel McAdams), a big house, successful career and perfect daughter Leila (Oona Lawrence), comes crashing down due to a family tragedy that sends him into a tailspin and, most important, tears him away from Leila, who is put into Child Protective Services.
Billy even losing his hotshot manager (50 Cent) as his whole world is shaken to its core. Working as a janitor at a boxing ring, he strikes up a relationship with a different kind of boxing mentor (Forest Whitaker) and the road back begins.
Harvey Weinstein promises that this performance from Gyllenhaal is one that will surely get him nominated for an Oscar come awards season, but only time will tell.
Southpaw is released in cinemas July 24
The disaster thriller, Everest, is based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, focusing on the summit and survival attempts of two expedition groups, the one led by Scott Fischer (Gyllenhaal), and the one led by Rob Hall (played by Jason Clarke).
It has recently been unveiled that the film will take pride of place and open this year’s Venice Film Festival – a spot which has recently proved itself a premier launchpad for Oscar contenders.
Last year’s Venice opener, Birdman, went on to take the Academy awards for best picture and best director, among others, while the previous year’s, Gravity, took best director and made nearly $1 billion at the box office.
Like Alfonso Cuarón’s space epic, Everest is also an English-language drama directed by a non-native speaker, Icelandic film-maker Baltasar Kormákur, and using 3D technology.
Gyllenhaal has spoken out previously about his fascination for Mount Everest, he explained that whilst doing research he was inspired by their determination.
“With Everest, it’s a story that I’ve always been fascinated with – even as just a metaphor,” he told GQ.
“The idea of what is seemingly unattainable, but the reasons why people go there and try and, as they say, ‘conquer’ a mountain. That is a fascinating turn of phrase. That somehow getting to the top of it is conquering it.”
And while it may be a sad tale of the people who didn’t survive, the star also said he thinks the story is a good example of how to put your dreams into action.
“I like the idea of the adventurer’s spirit. I think that is very much what a man searches for, in a certain way. But where I find myself getting caught up is where that spirit doesn’t meet discipline,” he explained.
“What I loved about the process of researching Everest is just what a science it all is. You can believe in the sense of adventure, and you can create nostalgia based on some lofty idea of it, but ultimately to conquer that mountain requires great discipline – using your critical, analytical mind – as well as that spirit we all talk about.”
Everest is set for release on September 18
The Man Who Made it Snow
Gyllenhall has once again teamed up with Southpaw director Antoine Fuqua for the biographical, crime drama The Man Who Made it Snow.
The film follows the true story of Max Mermestein (Gyllenhaal), a Jewish hotel engineer, who turned into the point man in America for the Medellin cartel, and helped smuggle tons of cocaine in the 1980s. Things turn sour when the cartel asks him to murder a rival and he must escape with his family from a prison of his own doing.
Brett Tabor and Michael Kingston’s screenplay is based on Mermelstein’s best-selling autobiography, after Tabor became interested in the man as potential movie material and tracked him down.
Director Furqua said in a statement: “I am thrilled to bring this compelling and true story to the screen with Jake, one of the most talented and transformative actors I have ever had the pleasure to work with.”
The Man Who Made it Snow is expected to be released in 2015, although a date has yet to be confirmed
There’s already much buzz surrounding Nocturnal Animals as it’s Tom Ford’s film follow-up to his debut A Single Man.
Ford wrote the script, an adaptation of the 1993 Austin Wright book Tony And Susan, he will also produce the film too.
Amy Adams will star as Susan Morrow and Gyllenhaal will play the fictional character Tony.
The film is a “story inside a story,” in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called “Nocturnal Animals,” which revolves around a man, Tony Hastings, whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself.
Focus Features (who have the rights to distribution) CEO Peter Schlessel, said the following about the film in a recent statement: “Tom’s vision for his film is unique and inspiring and something that global audiences will be thrilled by. Tom has proven his prowess as a filmmaker and this romantic tale of revenge and regret will be a fantastic addition to our slate.”
Nocturnal Animals marks Ford’s return to directing, six years after the release of A Single Man, which Ford self-financed. TWC distributed the film, which grossed $24 million worldwide, and Colin Firth received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for portraying a depressed gay British professor living in Los Angeles in 1962.
Nocturnal Animals is expected to be released in 2016, although a date has yet to be confirmed
Demolition is set for release in 2016, the romantic drama is directed by Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallée and written by Bryan Sipe.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars alongside Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper in the film.
Gyllenhaal plays a young investment banker struggling to understand his emotional unravelling after the tragic death of his wife. He begins to tear apart his life in an effort to see where he went wrong and is ultimately rescued by a woman he meets in a chance encounter.