We've had a little bit of an update on Jake Gyllenhaal's Off Broadway debut this Autumn. It turns out that Jake is quite a fan of young British playwright Nick Payne who penned If There Is I haven't Found It Yet. After having seen Nick's last play at the Royal Court in London back in February - presumably when the photo below was taken - it sounds like Jake was keen to sign on - even though he doesn't know what an Asda is (your loss, Jake). Other points to note are that Jake will be back in his English accent! Will he be going Estuary, that is the question. And hoopla at the stage door is expected. Surely not... The report below is from The Indie.
'Gyllenhaal will play Terry, a foul-mouthed drifter who strikes up an odd friendship with his obese teenage niece. "He likes the humour and anger of the character and the tone of the play," says Payne. The actor was sent the script and liked it so much he came to see Payne's last play, Constellations, at the Royal Court in February. After a reading of If There Is... with Roundabout Theatre in New York, he signed on for a full run, opening in August. Gyllenhaal will adopt an English accent for the role but will Payne tailor his script for American audiences? "No. Although at the read-through I asked, 'does everyone know what Asda is?' and they said, 'not really.'" Is he ready for Jake's starstruck fans at the stage-door? "I'm sure there will be a bit of hoopla but I'm quite happy to stay anonymous." Not for too much longer, I'd guess.'