Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan to Star in Paul Dano’s First Film

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The couple that knows how to take the L. Photo: Getty Images

You've seen Paul Dano, acclaimed character actor, but are you ready for Paul Dano, auteur? Variety reports that Dano will soon make his directorial debut, with an adaptation of Richard Ford's Wildlife, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan. Ford's 1990 novel tells the story of a teen's coming-of-age amid the breakdown of his parent's marriage; unless Dano's going to hire a top-notch makeup person, it seems likely Gyllenhaal and Mulligan will play the parents. This will be the duo's first film together, though Gyllenhaal did once join the actress's husband, Marcus Mumford, on a train tour with Mumford & Sons, an occasion memorialized in the liner notes for Taylor Swift's "Sad Beautiful Tragic."