The Double


2013, 93 minutes, color, United Kingdom

When his first feature, Submarine, played at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Richard Ayoade was primarily known for his work as a comedian. Now he again shows his versatility as a writer/director with The Double, his darkly hilarious second film.

Simon James is a ghost. Friends, family, and coworkers meet his every action with complete indifference. He grimly goes through the motions, hoping for recognition that never comes. All of this changes when James Simon arrives. Physically, James and Simon are dead ringers. Yet in temperament, James is everything Simon is not: personable, spontaneous, assertive, and desirable. When James begins to take over Simon’s life, he is forced to act.

Jesse Eisenberg’s fantastic double performance is bolstered by a cast of seasoned character actors who bring Simon James’s gloomy retro world to life. Directed with a deftly comic hand and assured visual technique by Richard Ayoade, The Double is a stylish black comedy with acerbic wit to spare.

Director: Richard Ayoade

Screenwriter: Avi Korine

Producers: Robin Fox, Amina Dasmal

Executive Producers: Michael Caine, Graeme Cox, Tessa Ross, Nigel Williams

Co-producer: Andy Stebbing

Sound Editors: Nick Fenton, Chris Dickens

Composer: Andrew Hewitt

Principal Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Cathy Moriarty, James Fox

About the Director

Richard Ayoade is a Perrier Comedy Award–winning writer and director. In 2004, Ayoade cocreated, directed, and appeared in Channel 4’s spoof horror-comedy series, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. He followed this with Man to Man with Dean Learner, which he directed and cowrote. He has performed in the Emmy Award–winning IT Crowd. Ayoade has made music videos for the Arctic Monkeys, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Super Furry Animals, Kasabian, the Last Shadow Puppets, and Vampire Weekend. He made his directorial debut in 2011 with the critically acclaimed, award-winning Submarine.


1/17/2014 8:30 am
Library Center Theatre, Park City
1/17/2014 8:30 pm
The MARC, Park City
1/18/2014 9:30 pm
Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden
1/21/2014 6:00 pm
Tower Theatre, SLC
1/25/2014 5:30 pm
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City