Jake Gyllenhaal is in negotiations to star in Motor City, the Dark Castle revenge thriller being directed by Albert Hughes. Warner Bros. is distributing.
Gyllenhaal would replace Dominic Cooper, who was previously cast but exited due to a scheduling conflict with another project, Cities.
Gary Oldman and Amber Heard already have been cast in the pic, about a small-time hood (Gyllenhaal) who is framed and sent to prison by a drug trafficker, only to relentlessly exact revenge years later to get back the woman he loves. A May production start in Berlin is being planned. Chad St. John wrote the script. Joel Silver and Andrew Rona are producing. Douglas Urbanski and Ethan Erwin are exec producing.
Jake Gyllenhaal in "Source Code" (2011) directed by Duncan Jones
Gyllenhaal last starred in Source Code, which grossed almost $150 million wordwide, and has David Ayers’ cop drama End of Watch in the can. He is repped by WME and Bloom Hergott. Source: www.hollywoodreporter.com
UPDATE: "It looked good there for a day but Jake Gyllenhaal’s deal to star in the Albert Hughes-directed Motor City has veered off the road. Talks fell apart, over scheduling, I hear. The actor wanted to push the dates and financier Dark Castle did not. They are putting together lists for another actor to star in the film in the role of an ex-military man who is framed and sees his life and gal taken away by the bad guy. Gary Oldman and Amber Heard are already set in the Chad St. John-scripted film. Source: www.deadline.com