In the first trailer for The Double, Jesse Eisenberg is out to ruin his own life. Well, not exactly.
Eisenberg plays Simon, a lonely introvert who begins to go insane after he sees his doppelgänger, James. Though this copy appears identical, James’ confident personality is the complete opposite of Simon’s, quickly taking over Simon’s life at work and at home.
Loosely based on the novella by Fyoder Dostoyevsky, The Double is written and directed by Richard Ayoade. The film appears darker and stranger than Ayaode’s last feature, a coming of age comedy called Submarine, as the trailer splices shots of Eisenberg walking briskly with glimpses of him avoiding his doppelgänger, while Son House’s “Grinnin’ In Your Face” strums in the background. The film touts itself as a comedy, but this first look sells it more as a paranoid thriller (a Black Swan but without the ballet, perhaps?). It’s tough to tell.
The Double, also starring Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn and Noah Taylor, premieres Saturday at the Toronto Film Festival, but does not have a theatrical release date set. In the meantime, check out the first trailer below.