Meeting up with an old friend in Brazil sounds like an adventure of a lifetime, and Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal are the ones taking us there. The duo just joined exciting new thriller Rio, but something tells us it won’t be as lighthearted and colorful as the animated movie of the same name.
The upcoming project centers on two old friends who end up meeting in Rio de Janeiro after years spent apart. Financial reporter played by (Gyllenhaal) travels to Brazil’s most opulent city to visit his wealthy buddy (Cumberbatch). Things take a turn for the worst after he gets himself into an elaborate plot to fake his friend’s death.
Watching Cumberbatch and Gyllenhaal play against each other isn’t the only reason to get excited about Rio. The script will be written by Steven Knight, who has a great track record with the crime genre. He gave us two of the most critically acclaimed TV dramas in recent memory with Peaky Blinders and Taboo. Knight is also one of the screenwriters of the highly anticipated The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
Edward Berger’s involvement is another reason to get super-pumped about Rio. He already worked with Cumberbatch on the critically acclaimed mini-series Patrick Melrose. Berger took over from Luca Guadagnino, who was originally attached to the project but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.