The Double (2013)

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  • IMDb page: The Double (2013)
  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 5,254 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 20 March 2014 (Kuwait)
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Filming Location: London, England, UK
  • Gross: $117,749 (USA) (30 May 2014)
  • Director: Richard Ayoade
  • Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Andrew Hewitt   
  • Soundtrack: Splendour in the grass (aka Sougenno Kagayaki)
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Richard Ayoade  written by
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky  novella
  • Avi Korine  written by

Known Trivia

  • An earlier version of this film, also based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel, and also to have been called The Double, came close to being made by director Roman Polanski in 1996. John Travolta was to have played the lead role alongside Isabelle Adjani, John Goodman and Jean Reno. Shooting was to have started in Paris in June 1996. However, just days before principal photography was due to begin, Travolta left the project after an argument with Polanski about alleged changes to the script and the film collapsed shortly afterwards. 24 of 24 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The first line of Yasmin Paige’s character, Melanie, is “Idiot!”, the title of another novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, author of the novel upon which this film is based. 8 of 14 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: A clerk in a government agency finds his unenviable life takes a turn for the horrific with the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and seductive with women. Full summary » |  »

Story: Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simons exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simons horror, James slowly starts taking over his life. Written byStudioCanal

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Produced By:

  • Michael Caine known as executive producer
  • Graeme Cox known as executive producer
  • Amina Dasmal known as producer
  • Robin C. Fox known as producer
  • Tessa Ross known as executive producer
  • Andy Stebbing known as co-producer
  • Polly Stokes known as associate producer
  • Natascha Wharton known as executive producer
  • Nigel Williams known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jesse Eisenberg known as Simon / James
  • Wallace Shawn known as Mr. Papadopoulos
  • Noah Taylor known as Harris
  • James Fox known as The Colonel
  • Cathy Moriarty known as Kiki
  • Phyllis Somerville known as Simon's Mother
  • Gabrielle Downey known as Strange Woman
  • Jon Korkes known as Detective
  • Craig Roberts known as Young Detective
  • Kobna Holdbrook-Smith known as Guard / Doctor
  • Susan Blommaert known as Liz
  • Bruce Byron known as Skinhead
  • J. Mascis known as Janitor
  • Tony Rohr known as Rudolph
  • Karima Riachy known as Secretary
  • Tim Key known as Care Worker
  • Andrew Gruen known as Man on Train
  • Morrison Thomas known as Coughing Man
  • Lloyd Woolf known as Investigator
  • Chris O'Dowd known as Nurse
  • Donal Cox known as Priest
  • Kierston Wareing known as James' Funeral Date
  • Paddy Considine known as 'The Replicator' – Jack (as PT Kommandor)
  • Gemma Chan known as 'The Replicator' – Glamourous Judge
  • Bhanu Alley known as Diner Customer
  • Daniel Chapple known as Executive Worker
  • Nathalie Cox known as Jack's Wife
  • Martin Crossingham known as Paramedic
  • Catherine Delaloye known as Air Hostess
  • Lukas DiSparrow known as Resident
  • Joanna Finata known as Attractive Bar Girl
  • Jeanie Gold known as Waitress
  • Zoe Grisedale known as Air Hostess
  • Sally Hawkins known as Receptionist at Ball
  • Luke Hope known as Customer
  • Christopher Morris known as Workers' Services Executive
  • Yasmin Paige known as Melanie Papadopoulos
  • Rade Serbedzija known as Frightening Old Man
  • Georgie-May Tearle known as Air Hostess
  • Natalia Warner known as The Girl
  • Mia Wasikowska known as Hannah
  • Chuen Tsou known as Eskimo (uncredited)

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  • Sylvia Atkins known as daily hair & makeup artist
  • Soleil Jackson known as makeup/hair
  • Jennifer Knipp known as makeup trainee
  • Kristyan Mallett known as prosthetics
  • Claire Pawsey known as hair & makeup artist
  • Jan Sewell known as makeup department head
  • Giada Venturini known as daily hair & makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Corina Burrough known as production buyer
  • Satinder Chumber known as special effects
  • Noel Cowell known as property master
  • David Creed known as standby carpenter
  • Kevin Day known as stand-by props
  • Emily Durtnall known as art department assistant
  • Simon Hutchings known as standby painter
  • Martin Kane known as dressing props
  • Kira Kemble known as graphics assistant
  • Kez Keyte known as dressing props
  • Adrian Marler known as storyboard artist
  • Aaron McDonagh known as stagehand
  • Daniel Nussbaumer known as assistant art director
  • Camise Oldfield known as graphic designer
  • Eva Onsrud known as petty cash buyer
  • Warren Parkinson known as standby props
  • Oli van der Vijver known as stand-by art director
  • Barney Ward known as stand-by props


Production Companies:

  • Alcove Entertainment
  • Attercop Productions (funding)
  • British Film Institute (BFI) (funding)
  • Film4 (funding)

Other Companies:

  • ARRI Lighting Rental  lighting equipment
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Kodak  filmstock supplied by
  • Mad Dog Casting  extras casting
  • Reel Meals(Take 2)  catering
  • Salon  Avid Nitris DX rental
  • Sapex Scripts  post-production script services
  • Sky Media Travel  travel agent
  • Take 2 Film Services  camera equipment provided by


  • D Films (2014) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Kuusan Kino (2014) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Magnolia Pictures (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Magnolia Pictures (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Mars Distribution (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • StudioCanal (2013) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Vertigo Média Kft. (2014) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Videorama – Odeon (2014) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Angel Films (2013) (Denmark) (all media)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2013) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Madman Entertainment (2012-2013) (Australia) (all media)
  • Magnolia Home Entertainment (2014) (USA) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Framestore (visual effects)
  • Visual Effects Company, The (motion control)

Visual Effects by:

  • Fiorenza Bagnariol known as digital film bureau
  • Matt Clarke known as visual effects supervisor
  • Nick Constantinou known as visual effects artist
  • Jack Fisher known as compositor
  • Daniel Gardiner known as paint and roto artist
  • Alex Gooding known as digital paint and roto artist
  • Ben Guthrie known as scanning: Framestore
  • Adam Holmes known as motion control engineer
  • Catherine P. Jackson known as visual effects coordinator
  • Timothy P. Jones known as digital film bureau
  • Jay Mallet known as motion control supervisor
  • Laura Pavone known as colour assist
  • Rob Pizzey known as digital colourist
  • Aurora Shannon known as colour assist
  • Simon Whalley known as visual effects producer
  • Stephen Lloyd known as visual effects trainee (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated R for language


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