Since Jake Gyllenhaal made his stage debut in 2002 in the West End premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth - winning newcomer prizes in both the Evening Standard and Whatsonstage.com Awards – the young actor has of course rocketed into the Hollywood stratosphere. Nevertheless, over the years, he’s tantalised us with regular promises of a return to the London stage, including plans for an erstwhile production of Romeo and Juliet (See The Goss, 27 Jul 2004). Sadly, screen commitments in the likes of The Day After Tomorrow, Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Proof, Jarhead and Zodiac seem to have kept him too busy.
The good news now is that there’s talk of a new stage project; the bad news is that it’s on the other side of the Atlantic. Gyllenhaal is reportedly in talks to make his Broadway debut in Beau Willimon’s new political drama Farragut North, based on the 2004 presidential campaign of unorthodox Democratic candidate Howard Dean. At a private reading of the play this month, Gyllenhaal played the role of the politician’s communications director. Farragut North is tipped to open in New York in late 2007.