Jake Gyllenhaal’s name has been linked to many superhero roles over the years, including Batman and most famously Spider-Man. At one point Gyllenhaal looked like he might replace Tobey Maguire in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 2” due to contractual disputes.
Gyllenhaal, who has only been involved in two big-budget blockbusters in his career with “The Day After Tomorrow” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” now finally dips his toes back in the water as the villain Mysterio in “Spider-Man: Far From Home”.
Speaking with The Los Angeles Times at the Sundance Film Festival whilst promoting “Velvet Buzzsaw,” the “Nightcrawler” and “Stronger” star explained what led him to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“He’s a great character…you know it was one of those things that people have asked me for a number of years, ‘Are you going to do, do you want to do a movie like that, or if you were asked to would you?’ And my response has always been, particularly since being at Sundance [where] so many of the stories [are]…character-driven and that has always been my desire, to find something in that space that seems to match my skill and also what I love and my own honesty. And it just so happened that it does with that part. So, I’m glad that people feel excited about it.”
A first look at Gyllenhaal in character was revealed in the film’s first trailer the other week. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” opens in cinemas in July.