Are you familiar with the concept of the doppelganger, the exact human double? Often considered to be of sinister origins, they are also thought to be forbearers of danger, illness, or even death. Long part of myth and legend, they have also been used – rather effectively – in film and other media. As part of the recent Toronto Film Festival, British director Richard Ayoade unveiled his take on the archetype, a loose adaptation of a Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella entitled ‘The Double.’ Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, it tells the story of a meek man named Simon who soon sees his drab, dull life overrun by the far friendlier, and more charismatic double named James.
Ayoade, who some might remember as the only funny thing about the otherwise dismal Summer 2012 film ‘The Watch,’ brings an ethereal edge to the concept and reviews out of Toronto have been good. While still without a US distributor, Pajiba.com has a look at the trailer for the upcoming international release. It runs without dialogue or much story suggestion, but it’s still quite effective. Take a look:
Interesting. Like David Lynch doing a far darker take on ‘The Office.’ Granted, having Eisenberg in the lead raises the question of, how, exactly, he will differentiate between Simon and James, since many believe the actor only has one solid acting shtick – call it the “nervous, angst-driven a-hole” – to work with. Still, Ayoade’s ‘Submarine’ was a pleasant surprise, and the premise is intriguing, so this will remain one to watch out for…if and when it ever darkens our American shores.