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'The Double' trailer: Jesse Eisenberg dines with his doppelganger -- VIDEO

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Life with a doppelgänger can’t be easy, but when your double is a funnier, smarter, more confident version of you who the girl of your dreams is more taken by, it’s infinitely worse.

That’s what Jesse Eisenberg (well, one of them) is dealing with in the latest trailer for director Richard Ayoade’s The Double. The other’s having a grand time.

Based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 1846 novella about a government clerk’s descent into madness, the Eisenberg-led adaptation premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to great acclaim, and co-stars Mia Wasikowska, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, and Wallace Shawn.

Check out the haunting trailer after the jump to get a sense of the film’s mischievous humor.

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Sundance 2014: Jesse Eisenberg on meeting ... Jesse Eisenberg in 'The Double' -- VIDEO

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In The Double, Jesse Eisenberg’s character, James, is driven mad by the appearance of his doppelgänger, Simon. Eisenberg plays both versions of himself in the film, which is based off an 1846 Fyodor Dostoevsky novella, set in more modern times.

Director Richard Ayoade and Eisenberg sat down at Sundance with EW’s Anthony Breznican to discuss how the filmed the complex dual-character scenes and why many films have explored the notion of there being someone else just like you out there.

Check out the full interview below:
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'The Double' trailer: Jesse Eisenberg faces his doppelganger

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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. READ FULL STORY

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