Jake Gyllenhaal will star in the series based on an article by American journalist Ian Parker about the writer Dan Mallory, who built his career on endless lies. Parker’s story, A Suspense Novelist’s Trail of Deceptions, was published in The New Yorker in 2019.
In his text, the journalist spoke about the life of Mallory, better known by the pseudonym A. J. Finn, whose debut psychological thriller The Woman in the Window became the main bestseller, according to the New York Times. However, Mallory quickly fell into disrepute for his lies. He claimed that his relatives had died and that he himself was suffering from a brain tumor. Although he was in good health along with the rest of the family.
The series will be directed and written by Janicza Michelle Bravo, who recently directed the mini-series, Mrs. America. She noted that in her tape she explores in detail the image of this pathological liar, who fills the inner void with lies, as well as the reaction of society, which is a favorable environment for the emergence of such antiheroes.
Jake Gyllenhaal is an American actor, BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee for Brokeback Mountain, and Golden Globe nominee for Love and Other Drugs.
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in1980. He is three years younger than his sister – also the famous actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. Jake and Maggie’s father is renowned director Stephen Gyllenhaal, and their mother is screenwriter and producer Naomi Foner.
Jake’s first notable film was Donnie Darko (2001), in which he starred as a young man with strange visions, and his sister Maggie played his character’s sister. The film became an unexpected hit, and Jake’s performance was warmly received by critics.
The talented and charming Gyllenhaal was noticed by major producers, and he began to actively appear in full-length films. At 25, Jake Gyllenhaal was in for a real triumph. The actor decided to play one of the main roles in Ang Lee’s drama Brokeback Mountain (2005). Many actors dreamed of filming with the director, but they were frightened off by the scandalous content of the tape (the film was about two cowboys in love). Gyllenhaal brilliantly portrayed this look with Heath Ledger.
Brokeback Mountain was an incredible success. It has received the Golden Lion, four BAFTAs, and three Oscars. Gyllenhaal was nominated for the first time for an Oscar and received a BAFTA. The actor received serious professional recognition and love of millions of fans who dubbed him one of the sexiest people in the world.