When it was announced that Jake Gyllenhaal would be teaming up with director Antoine Fuqua for another film, a remake of the Danish drama, “The Guilty,” we were already excited. Then it was revealed that Netflix spent $30 million on the distribution rights. That intrigued us even more. But now, with the announcement of the supporting cast, it’s clear that “The Guilty” is going to be one of our most anticipated films of the next year.
According to Deadline, actors Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, and Riley Keough are the latest actors to join Gyllenhaal in “The Guilty.” Is that enough to pique your interest? No? Okay, what about the fact that those aren’t the only names? Additional casting includes Paul Dano (“The Batman”), Bill Burr (“The King of Staten Island”), Byron Bowers (“Concrete Cowboys”), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (“Dolemite is My Name”), David Castañeda (“The Umbrella Academy”), Christina Vidal (“7 Days to Vegas”), Adrian Martinez (“Stumptown”), Beau Knapp (“The Good Lord Bird”), and Edi Patterson (“Knives Out”).
That cast is pretty incredible, mixing together some big A-list names, rising up-and-coming actors, quality veterans, and even a bit of new blood. All told, What seemed like an already exciting film is now one of the biggest productions Netflix has under its umbrella over the coming months.
As mentioned, “The Guilty” is based on the Danish feature and tells the story of a 911 call operator Joe Bayler (Gyllenhaal) and what happens over the course of one day in his life. The day begins with a seemingly grave call from someone who claims their life is in danger, but it’s soon revealed that nothing is what it seems and there’s way more to the story than just what Joe is being told.
Fuqua is set to direct and joins Gyllenhaal in a project for the first time since they collaborated on “Southpaw.” “The Guilty” remake is written by “True Detective” mastermind Nic Pizzolatto. There’s no release date yet.
Here’s the trailer for the original film: