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Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch to co-star in Rio

13 May 2017

Steven Knight, the visionary behind hit dark and gritty British television offerings such as Peaky Blinders and Taboo, has written a screenplay for a film thriller that seems to be on the verge of acquiring two major stars in Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal as the headliners.

It's been a whirlwind 24 hours for writer-director Steven Knight.

The two actors are in talks for the Studiocanal financed feature, which centers on a reporter (Gyllenhaal) that travels to Brazil to visit a wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), who asks for help in faking his death.

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Guadagnino will also have a producer role. Both Cumberbatch and Gyllenhaal have made a decision to produce the film, and it is being directed by Luca Guadagnino.

Studiocanal is planning to take the movie to the Cannes Film Festival to sell to global markets.

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Cumberbatch will next be seen as Thomas Edison in The Current War, and is also reprising the role of Doctor Strange for Avengers: Infinity War.

Gyllenhaal, a recent smash on Broadway in Sunday In The Park With George, is in Cannes competition title Okja from Bong Joon-ho. The film, to be released on September 22, tells the deeply personal account of the challenging and heroic journey of Boston Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman (whom Gyllenhaal portrays). He begins production this summer on Palme d'Or victor Jacques Audiard's first English-language feature, "The Sisters Brothers", starring opposite Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly. He is repped by UTA, the U.K.'s Conway van Gelder Grant and Sloane Offer. He is repped by WME and Bloom Hergott.

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch to co-star in Rio