Gyllenhaal portrays an L.A.-based crime photojournalist in this noir thriller from Open Road Films, and based on what I’ve seen of his performance in the first Nightcrawler trailer, he’s going for Oscar gold.
NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.
CAST: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed DIRECTOR: Dan Gilroy SCREENPLAY BY: Dan Gilroy
PRODUCERS: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michel Litvak, David Lancaster
Catch it in theaters on October 17th.