Jake Gyllenhaal has joined Reese Witherspoon to star in "Rendition", a political thriller project from New Line Cinema.
Barely included Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon in its cast, "Rendition" quickly has added one more young great talent in the list. Variety reported that Jake Gyllenhaal is positive to join the line-up yet it is still not made clear what role he is actually billed to play.
Scheduled for a mid-November production start, pic features South African filmmaker Gavin Hood at helm with Kelley Sane penning the script and Bill Todman executive producing also co-financing via his Level One. As for the story, it revolves around a Cairo-based CIA analyst whose world gets spinning out of control after witnessing the interrogation of a foreign national by the Egyptian secret police.
Gyllenhaal, the younger brother of talented starlet Maggie Gyllenhaal, is last seen playing opposite Heath Ledger in "Brokeback Mountain" which brought him to land an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor category earlier this year. His next picture, "Zodiac", also starred by Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr., is slated to open in theaters on January 19, 2007.