13 Apr - We've seen Hollywood A-lister Jake Gyllenhaal a few times on TV but that's usually just as himself.
However, that statement will no longer hold true as the actor has signed on to headline an HBO limited series, as reported by Deadline.
Called "Lake Success", the series is based on Gary Shteyngart's book of the same name, which was picked as the best book of 2018 in over 30 lists. Stheyngart will be writing the screenplay along with Tom Spezialy and both will also serve as showrunners.
In the series, Gyllenhaal will play the self-deluded hedge fund manager Barry Cohen, who goes on a cross-country bus ride in search of his college girlfriend. He leaves behind his wife Seema in Manhattan as she struggles to raise their autistic son and begins her own tragicomic love affair.
Apart from starring in it, the actor will also be executive producing with his Nine Stories production partner Riva Marker, along with Shteyngart and Spezialy.
This will be Gyllenhaal's first time leading a TV series but he did play a small role on TV once, back in 1994. It was as the son of Robin William's character on an episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street" that was directed by his father, Stephen Gyllenhaal.
The actor has been more focused on movies since his acting debut in 1991, starring in at least one movie almost every year. This year, he's starred in "Velvet Buzzsaw" and will be making his debut in the MCU as Mysterio in "Spider-Man: Far From Home".
He will also be busy producing "The Devil All the Time", the Antônio Campos-helmed Netflix movie starring Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan and Mia Wasikowska.