Jake Gyllenhaal is in negotiations to star in Demolition, which will serve as the follow-up for Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée.

The actor will portray a young investment banker whose life is in shambles after the tragic death of his wife. As he begins to tear his life apart to figure out where he went wrong, he is rescued by a woman he meets during a chance encounter.

Jake Gyllenhaal will go into production on MGM's boxing drama Southpaw next month, and the actor is currently weighing his options for Demolition. If he does make a deal, this could be the next in a string of strong performances of late, following critically-acclaimed turns in End of Watch and Prisoners.

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Jean-Marc Vallée is directing from a screenplay by Bryan Sipe, with John Malkovich, Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith producing through their Mr. Mudd company, alongside Black Label Media's Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill and Molly Smith.

Jake Gyllenhaal most recently starred in the indie thriller Enemy, and he will next be seen in Ezekiel Moss and Everest.