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New trailer for The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg is both cool and strange

02.10.2014

Comedian/director Richard Ayoade debuted his latest film, THE DOUBLE, at TIFF last year, which received high marks, both for the direction and for star Jesse Eisenberg's performance (our review here). We got our first trailer for the film way back in September, but now the film is gearing up for a limited release this spring and we have another look at the film with a really cool, strange trailer that tells the tale of "two snakes" and is chock full of noirish imagery.

Take a look:

Here's the synopsis:

Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite — confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon’s horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.

Obviously, Eisenberg is the talk of the town now as he is set to step into the role of Lex Luthor in BATMAN VS SUPERMAN, but it's performances like these that certainly informed the powers that be to consider the usually awkward and comedic actor for such a big role and I think you can see shades of it in just the trailer alone. Regardless of Eisenberg's upcoming comic book role, THE DOUBLE looks like a really fun, engaging oddity of a film and I look forward to checking it out.

THE DOUBLE opens in the UK on April 4, 2014 and in limited theaters in the US on May 9, 2014.

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1:35PM on 02/11/2014

Fight Club!

Well...without the fighting. Just seems a little too odd of a film; I'm guessing if you like Terry Gilliam or Wes Anderson films this is probably for you. I'm going to pass on this one.
Well...without the fighting. Just seems a little too odd of a film; I'm guessing if you like Terry Gilliam or Wes Anderson films this is probably for you. I'm going to pass on this one.
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7:28PM on 02/10/2014
Mark Zuckerberg got jealous of the Winklevoss twins and figured a way to duplicate himself.
Mark Zuckerberg got jealous of the Winklevoss twins and figured a way to duplicate himself.
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5:49PM on 02/10/2014

Saw it at Sundance

I won't reveal any spoilers, so no worries. I was personally lukewarm on the film, but my girlfriend really dug it. I felt it was striving to be too much like "Brazil" in tone and style, and while it had some really cool moments, it just didn't connect with me. Also, the film has a pretty biting sense of humor, and I would definitely put it in the dark comedy category. On the whole, for me at least, it was a 5/10, maybe a 6/10 at best. So not a bad film by any means, and it has its moments, but
I won't reveal any spoilers, so no worries. I was personally lukewarm on the film, but my girlfriend really dug it. I felt it was striving to be too much like "Brazil" in tone and style, and while it had some really cool moments, it just didn't connect with me. Also, the film has a pretty biting sense of humor, and I would definitely put it in the dark comedy category. On the whole, for me at least, it was a 5/10, maybe a 6/10 at best. So not a bad film by any means, and it has its moments, but I just wasn't feeling it. Oddly, I feel that if the film was perhaps 15 minutes longer, it would have benefited the whole piece.
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5:48PM on 02/10/2014

Speaking of doubles...

It seems certain genre films always come in twos... This reminds me of that new Jake Gyllenhaal movie.
It seems certain genre films always come in twos... This reminds me of that new Jake Gyllenhaal movie.
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3:44PM on 02/10/2014
Two Wallace Shawn's?? Count me IN!
Two Wallace Shawn's?? Count me IN!
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2:53PM on 02/10/2014

Coen Bros

It reminded me of a weird, old Coen Bros trailer from back in the day...Ayoade is a talented filmmaker and while Submarine was more comedic this looks more noir and unusual. I would love to see Ayoade's work get progressively darker while keeping his sardonic wit...if that happens we're looking at a big time talent behind the camera!
It reminded me of a weird, old Coen Bros trailer from back in the day...Ayoade is a talented filmmaker and while Submarine was more comedic this looks more noir and unusual. I would love to see Ayoade's work get progressively darker while keeping his sardonic wit...if that happens we're looking at a big time talent behind the camera!
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1:12PM on 02/10/2014
I would like to suggest that we don't compare every single flipping thing Jesse Eisenberg does over the next three years to how he will look as Lex Luthor. Just an idea to not compare everything to a movie three years away.
I would like to suggest that we don't compare every single flipping thing Jesse Eisenberg does over the next three years to how he will look as Lex Luthor. Just an idea to not compare everything to a movie three years away.
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1:53PM on 02/10/2014
Amen. This movie looks great, and you can't go wrong with Dostoevsky.

It's a promising trailer for a completely unrelated film. Reading comments by people whose only response is to express unbridled butthurt over Lex Luthor is pretty depressing.
Amen. This movie looks great, and you can't go wrong with Dostoevsky.

It's a promising trailer for a completely unrelated film. Reading comments by people whose only response is to express unbridled butthurt over Lex Luthor is pretty depressing.
12:25PM on 02/10/2014
That trailer showed NOTHING in regards to Eisenberg having the capability to play Lex Luthor. I still can't understand why Snyder chose him for Lex. He just seems completely wrong for the role; especially his voice.
That trailer showed NOTHING in regards to Eisenberg having the capability to play Lex Luthor. I still can't understand why Snyder chose him for Lex. He just seems completely wrong for the role; especially his voice.
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12:33PM on 02/10/2014
If this is true: [link]

I have no words.
If this is true: [link]

I have no words.
12:48PM on 02/10/2014
Longbaugh - From what I understand all of that comes from Goyer's script, which has been scrapped. There's been a page one rewrite from the Argo screenwriter since then.
Longbaugh - From what I understand all of that comes from Goyer's script, which has been scrapped. There's been a page one rewrite from the Argo screenwriter since then.
12:49PM on 02/10/2014
That sounds just god awful.
That sounds just god awful.
1:16PM on 02/10/2014
I hope to god you're right Jackie.
I hope to god you're right Jackie.
1:21PM on 02/10/2014
Is there any chance of them redoing the casting of Wonder Woman too?
Is there any chance of them redoing the casting of Wonder Woman too?
8:46PM on 02/10/2014
I know right, Jesse doesn't show that he can play campy or as a real estate agent like the past two lex's in movies jk
I know right, Jesse doesn't show that he can play campy or as a real estate agent like the past two lex's in movies jk
5:30AM on 02/11/2014
Let's be honest!

Who cares what a fan of the green lantern movie thinks about comic book movies? Your onion in void sir!
Let's be honest!

Who cares what a fan of the green lantern movie thinks about comic book movies? Your onion in void sir!
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