Naomi Watts has signed on to join Demolition the next film from director Jean-Marc Vallée. Jake Gyllenhaal has already been cast in the film, whose script was included on 2007’s Black List.
“Based on the 2007 Black List script by Bryan Sipe, Demolition follows a young investment banker (Gyllenhaal) struggling to understand his emotional disconnect following the tragic death of his wife in an auto accident. As he tears apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong, he becomes obsessed with destruction and develops a unique relationship with a single mother (Watts) who rescues him.”
Watts is one of the finest actresses out there. She has a knack for picking great roles in interesting projects. I loved her in 21 Grams and The Impossible, as did the academy who nominated her for both films. Most recently she did a hell of a job in ‘Adore’, playing a very complex character who begins a relationship with her best friends son, who happens to be doing the same thing. She’s currently filming Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees with Matthew McConaughey.
The film sounds challenging and complex, like a deeper version of Cronenberg’s Crash. I like the cast and the director really did an amazing job with Dallas Buyers Club. Early word on his newest film Wild with Reese Witherspoon is great out of TIFF. It seems like we might be in for something special with Demolition.