First Trailer for DEMOLITION Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

While last years The Judge was a more commercial choice for the opening night film at TIFF this year the festival has chosen something a little less broad given the film doesn't actually open until next April and there is little known of the project. That all changed yesterday when Fox Searchlight decided to go ahead and drop the first trailer for Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. As this years opening night film and despite the fact it will be absent from the awards race, Demolition is still a highly anticipated picture for it's credentials alone. The honor of being the opening night film certainly gives the movie status as one of the "bigger" films of the festival, but those credentials are the real reason to get excited. The most striking credential is of course that it stars Gyllenhaal, who has been on more than a hot streak lately. Sure, Southpaw didn't go over as well as his previous efforts, but the guy is clearly hitting a stride and I can only anticipate his collaboration with director Jean-Marc VallĂ©e (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild) will continue that streak. The film tells the story of Davis (Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker who struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Demolition also stars Chris Cooper, Naomi Watts, Judah Lewis, Heather Lind, Wass Stevens, Polly Draper, Brendan Dooling and opens on April 8, 2016.

Synopsis: Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law Phil (Chris Cooper) to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.

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