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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #58. Richard Ayoade’s The Double

The Double

Director: Richard Ayoade
Writer(s): Ayoade & Avi Korine
Producer(s): Alcove Entertainment’s Amina Dasmal and Robin C. Fox
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Jesse Eisenberg, Wallace Shawn, Rade Serbedzija, Cathy Moriarty, Noah Taylor

Submarine was the equivalent to hitting a homer in your very first major league at bat. Sharp, witty and layered, Richard Ayoade fired up round two quickly after and employed the services of Avi Korine (co-writer) thesps Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska and cinematographer Erik Wilson (Tyrannosaur, The Imposter).

Gist: The Double is billed as a funny and frightening story about an insignificant man driven to near breakdown by the appearance of his doppelganger. This modern retelling of Dostoyevsky’s novella sees Eisenberg playing a clerk who encounters a literal facsimile of himself working at his office. The doppelganger tries to take over his life and the film will follow the clerk’s “descent into madness.”

Release Date: I was surprised that Sundance and Berlin didn’t make any mention of the film in their line-ups – perhaps the producers are  looking further down the calender year for a festival/theatrical release.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).


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