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Jake Gyllenhaal to star in HBO limited series Lake Success

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Story by Jack Foley

JAKE Gyllenhaal is heading to the small screen, to star in and executive produce the limited series Lake Success for HBO.

Based on Gary Shteyngart’s book, the drama finds Gyllenhaal playing Barry Cohen, a narcissistic, self-deluded and hilariously divorced from the real-world hedge fund manager who flees his family, his past and the SEC on a cross-country bus ride in search of his college girlfriend and a last chance at romantic redemption.

In his absence, however, his Manhattan-based wife, Seema, struggles to raise their autistic son but begins a tragi-comic love affair of her own.

Shteyngart will adapt his own book and co-write the script alongside Tom Spezialy, with both men serving as show-runners.

In a joint statement, Gyllenhaal and fellow producer Riva Marker, of Nine Stories, commented: “Gary’s novel is a beautifully executed character study highlighting the depth of human contradiction and complication, set against the timely backdrop of America today.

“We are thrilled to partner with HBO, who has consistently been home to some of the most exciting and acclaimed premium content over the past two decades.”

Gyllenhaal joins sister Maggie Gyllenhaal at HBO, with the latter soon to be revisiting her role as a hooker turned porn producer in the third and final season of David Simon’s The Deuce this year.

He will shortly be seen on the big screen as the villain Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home – his first foray into superhero territory.

Shteyngart, for his part, is the award-winning author behind the memoir Little Failure and the novels Super Sad True Love Story, Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook.

Lake Success was named one of the best books of 2018 on more than 30 lists, including The New York Times, NPR and more.