Attempting to take on an iconic role in a remake is a difficult task for any actor, but it's one Jake Gyllenhaal is apparently ready to try.
According to Variety, a remake of the 1989 Patrick Swayze film "Road House" is in the works, with Gyllenhaal in talks to star in the leading role. "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" director Doug Liman is also being approached to helm the project.
While a start to production has not been announced, it has been deemed “high priority” by MGM, according to the outlet.
The original film starred Swayze as James Dalton, a NYC bouncer hired to clean up a rough honky tonk bar in Missouri. The movie earned $30 million at the box office and over the years has become a cult favorite. Other cast members included Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott, and Ben Gazzara.
Should Gyllenhaal star in the remake it is unclear if he'll play Swayze's character or an entirely new one.
While Swayze passed away in 2009, "Road House" is the latest one of his iconic films to undergo a remake and follows on new iterations of "Dirty Dancing" in 2017 and "Point Break" in 2015.
Gyllenhaal has a number of other projects lined up as he's set to begin filming the Afghanistan War thriller “The Interpreter” with director Guy Ritchie.
He'll also star in the upcoming Michael Bay action thriller "Ambulance," which hits theaters on February 18, 2022.
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