Jake Gyllenhaal to star with Hugh Jackman in kidnapping thriller ‘Prisoners’

Jackman will play a carpenter seeking his missing daughter, with Gyllenhaal as the cop on the case

Jake Gyllenhaal is to star opposite Hugh Jackman in a new kidnapping thriller called Prisoners.

Earlier this year (2012), Jackman was cast as a small-town carpenter whose young daughter and best friend get kidnapped. After local police fail to find the missing children, Jackman’s character takes the law into his own hands, which causes friction with the hot-shot city detective assigned to the case. According to Deadline, Gyllenhaal is now confirmed for the detective role.

Prisoners will be directed by Denis Villeneuve, whose French Canadian mystery thriller Incendies was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 2011. The script has been written by Aaron Guzikowski, who previously penned Contraband, a crime film starring Mark Wahlberg that came out this year (2012).

Prisoners will begin go into production in early 2013 for a release later in the year. Gyllenhaal and Villeneuve recently completed work together on another movie, An Enemy, which follows a man who sets out to find his doppelganger after spotting him on a rental DVD.

Last month (September 2012), Gyllenhaal admitted that he would consider a role in the much-discussed Fifty Shades Of Grey film. Meanwhile, Jackman will next be seen in the Les Misérables movie, due before Christmas (2012), and X-Men spin-off The Wolverine, which hits cinemas in July 2013.