“Wildlife” follows a teenage boy who witnesses the decay of his parents’ marriage after their move to Montana when his mother befriends another man. It will be co-written by Dano and fellow actress Zoe Kazan, and will be produced by Andrew Duncan and Alex Saks for June Pictures, and Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker for Nine Stories.
“In Richard’s book I saw myself and many others,” said Dano. “I have always wanted to make films and have always known I would make films about family. I couldn’t be happier to have such beautiful collaborators like Carey and Jake leading the way.”
This will not be the first time Dano and Gyllenhaal have worked together. They both starred in Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners,” about the abduction of two young girls in Pennsylvania, and Bong’s “Okja” will feature the two of them as well.
Dano first rose to prominence in key supporting roles in “Little Miss Sunshine” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood.” He went on to co-star in Spike Jonze’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” Kelly Reichardt’s “Meek’s Cutoff,” and Rian Johnson’s “Looper.” He most recently starred as Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson in the biopic “Love & Mercy.”
PAUL WESLEY MAKES HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT — Both Stefan and Elena are suddenly having unsettling dreams of an alternate version of the life they might have had together. Bonnie has a disturbing encounter with Grams (guest star Jasmine Guy), who warns her about frightening changes on the Other Side. Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey) gives Damon unwanted relationship advice, then admits he is searching for a woman he loved decades before while he was held captive by the Augustines. Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) enlists Matt, Jeremy and Tyler to help track the Travelers and keep them from taking control of Mystic Falls. Bonnie is hurt and angry when she learns that Jeremy is working with Liv behind her back. Luke (guest star Chris Brochu) shows up at the Salvatore house and explains what he knows about Markos (guest star Raffi Barsoumian) and the Travelers to Damon, Elena and Enzo. Matt has a terrifying encounter with inhabitants of the Other Side. Finally, when Damon finds Markos, he is both relieved and disturbed by what Markos has to tell him.
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Wesley will direct Episode 18 of Season 5, airing later this year, and he said the hour is “both nostalgic and suspenseful.” “It feels like our world, but something is a bit askew. It feels uneasy. And I respond to that,” Wesley added.