February 22, 2020

Jake Gyllenhaal to Bring ‘Lake Success’ to HBO

Jake Gyllenhaal; Wikimedia Commons

Jake Gyllenhaal will take on his first TV series role in “Lake Success,” HBO’s adaptation of Gary Shteyngart’s 2018 novel about a Jewish hedge fund manager who takes a bus trip to find his college sweetheart.

Gyllenhaal will play Wall Street millionaire Barry Cohen, who flees Manhattan in the wake of an SEC investigation and his young son’s autism diagnosis, searching for a simpler life. Back in New York City, his left-behind wife embarks on a new relationship while raising the child on her own.

“Gary’s novel is a beautifully executed character study highlighting the depth of human contradiction and complication, set against the timely backdrop of America today,” said Gyllenhaal and producing Riva Marker in a joint statement. “We are thrilled to partner with HBO, who has consistently been home to some of the most exciting and acclaimed premium content over the past two decades.”

Shteyngart will also serve as executive producer and share writing and showrunning duties with Tom Spezialy.

Gyllenhaal will next be seen in “Spider-Man: Far From Home” in the dual role of Quentin Beck/Mysterio. It opens in theaters July 5.