A photo of Jake Gyllenhaal on the set of Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition (via Lainey Gossip)
Fox Searchlight has set Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition for theatrical release on April 6, 2016. Jake Gyllenhaal leads the Bryan Sipe-scripted dramedy as an investment banker who disconnects from life following his wife’s tragic death; Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper also star in the film.
Given the folks behind and in front of the camera, Demolition once looked like a major Oscar contender. Now, Searchlight may throw most of its weight behind Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, a major hit at Cannes earlier this year. The specialty distributors also have John Crowley’s Brooklyn, Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash, and Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America – best-actress contenders that may make waves in other major categories.
As for other potential Oscar players, Watts plays a trans teen’s mother in Gaby Dellal’s Three Generations, in select locations on September 18. Gyllenhaal leads Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama Southpaw, hitting theaters next weekend, and features in Baltasar Kormákur’s Venice Film Festival opener Everest, slated to hit IMAX and premium-large format 3D theaters on September 18 and roll out to theaters nationwide on September 25.