Jesse Eisenberg will be The Double for Richard Ayoade

Jesse Eisenberg has landed the (dual) lead role in Richard Ayoade's indie take on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Double .

Ayoade was probably best known as an actor in The IT Crowd (and as a Total Film columnist, of course) before his astonishing directorial debut Submarine , which arrived earlier this year.

His adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's novel was heartfelt, stylish and immensely cool, and it's fascinating that he's now turning his attention to one of the great novellas of Russian literature.

The Double concerns a man whose life begins to fall apart when a doppelgänger of himself arrives at his office and starts doing his life better than he does, and there is a 'fantastic' tension running throughout (ie is it all in the guy's imagination?)

This project sounds doubly exciting when you consider the casting, as Eisenberg should be a perfect match for the character's nervy sensibilities, as well as Ayoade's offbeat sense of humour.

The Vulture report that revealed this news doesn't go on to elaborate on any details, but we can't wait to find out how Ayoade will tackle the story.

Eisenberg has been a busy chap of late: you'll see him in 30 Minutes Or Less , Free Samples , Predisposed and Woody Allen's The Bop Decameron before The Double .

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.