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Jake Gyllenhaal to star in Tom Clancy's The Division

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Story by Jack Foley

JAKE Gyllenhaal is to star in a big screen adaptation of record-breaking video game Tom Clancy’s The Division.

The actor will also serve as a producer on the project, which would mark his second foray into video game territory following his poorly received Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

The video game takes the form of a third-person shooter and is gaming giant Ubisoft’s fastest-selling product, making $330m (£229m) within five days of its release in March.

It is set in New York City during the outbreak of a virus, with the player taking on the role of an agent investigating the cause while avoiding increased criminal activity. Gyllenhaal is expected to play the primary character.

As yet, there is no director attached.

Gyllenhaal was last seen in the boxing drama Southpaw as well as Demolition. He will next be seen in Tom Ford’s thriller Nocturnal Animals, Boston Marathon tale Stronger and Bong Joon-ho’s monster movie Okja, in which he stars alongside Tilda Swinton.

Video game adaptations continue to be one of Hollywood’s Achilles heels. As yet, there have been very few successes, with the most recent – Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, receiving a torrid time from critics.

All eyes will now be on The Division as well as Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed to see if there is any reversal of fortune.

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