‘The Double’ Trailer: There Are Two Jesse Eisenbergs

Cory Lopez | September 6, 2013 - 5:00 pm

What would the world be like with two Jesse Eisenbergs? We’re about to find out.

In the first trailer for The Double, he stars as Simon, a isolated introvert who starts to go mad after he meets his doppelgänger, James. Simon is left to contend with this look-a-like who is, in fact, his opposite — more charming, confident and can-do than himself — in his daily life.

The trailer is odd and ominous all at once: footage of paranoid-looking Eisenberg, wearing an ill-fitted suit, walking quickly, is spliced with shots of him avoiding James. Then they stand together, side-by-side, and size each other up.

Loosely based on a novella by Fyoder Dostoyevsky, The Double is directed and written (with co-write Avi Korine) by Richard Ayoade. Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn and Noah Taylor costar.

The film premieres this weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival, but does not have a theatrical release date yet.

Watch the trailer, above.