Jake Gyllenhaal, Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed thriller film project

Mina Muzumdar |Sep 08, 2018

While Plot details are under wraps, the cast of the upcoming international film by Edward Berger, Rio becomes more and more spectacular.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed roles of actor and producer

The two great actors from Hollywood now confirmed to be teaming up in a psychological thriller movie, "Rio", are Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, The Imitation Game) and Jake Gyllenhaal  (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) in an official announcement on 7  September.

Previously, Luca Guadagnino had been attached last year to direct "Rio" but dropped out due to scheduling commitments. And fresh off the Emmy-nominated, Edward Berger has been tapped to direct "Rio", an upcoming story from the mind of Eastern Promises, Taboo and Locke‘s Knight writer Steven Knight.

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"Rio" is not the first thriller project of Gyllenhaal

The story "RIO" centers on two old friends, one is a hugely successful financier (Cumberbatch) and the other is a financial journalist (Gyllenhaal).  The union after a long time in Rio de Janeiro nevertheless was unfavorable. Reporter Gyllenhaal then dragged on conspiracy to fake his friend's death. In addition, this isn't the first thriller in which Gyllenhaal's played a journalist. Before, "Cast your mind back to 2014's Nightcrawler" was apparently one of the best roles in his career milestone.

As an interview with Guardian, Gyllenhaal expressed his jealousy with journalist job, explained:


With his aptitude for a reporter, it's easy to see why producers considered him to play this character.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of financier

As for Cumberbatch, he is widely known for his dedication as a role of actor as well as numerous successful film such as his appealing character of famous series "Sherlock Homes". Moreover, his most recent movie, “Doctor Strange,” hit $677.6 million worldwide revenue was one of his highest-grossing to date. Thus, Rio's producer is expecting the two Superstar would bring out the same influence to this film. Most importantly, Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch's fan could see them in a totally new role of Producer for this project.

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Edward Berger - Primetime Emmy Awards

Previously, director Berger took over Luca Guadagnino work due to scheduling conflicts arose.

In the opinion of new director Berger, Benedict and Adam Ackland, said:


They further added how enthusiastic they are to "bring Rio to life". Also, the Hollywood superstar was very firm about the cooperation with Studiocanal and Nine Stories will bring huge success to Rio.

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Director Edward Berger

Gyllenhaal and Marker, in addition, call Berger’s work “superb”. Took to social media, they quoting “thrilled to be collaborating with him, Studiocanal and SunnyMarch — a surely talented group of filmmakers”.

Studiocanal CEO Didier Lupfer and EVP International Production Ron Halpern also showed his excitement of inviting Berger by noting that:


Furthermore, Ron Halpern expressed his admiration toward Steve as a great writer of the horror genre.

With no release date attached to Rio yet, the thriller with script come from Steven Knight and financed by StudioCanal expecting to begin filming day as soon as early 2018. While Plot details are under wraps, the cast of the upcoming thriller becomes more and more spectacular.


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