WATCH: Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Netflix remake of ‘The Guilty’

WATCH: Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Netflix remake of ‘The Guilty’

COMING SOON. Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the Netflix crime-thriller movie 'The Guilty.'

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'The Guilty' is set to premiere on October 1

Netflix released the first teaser for the crime-thriller film The Guilty, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, on Monday, August 30. 

The 34-second video features a distressing call between emergency call operator Joe Bayler (Gyllenhaal) and an abducted woman. As he attempts to obtain information and send assistance to the victim, the call is dropped — leaving both Bayler and the audience desperate to find answers. 

According to Variety, the upcoming Netflix film is a remake of the 2018 Danish film The Guilty (Danish title: Den skyldige). It won the world cinema audience award at the Sundance Film Festival 2018 and was also named one of the top five foreign languages films of 2018 by the National Board of Review. 

Original director Gustav Möller and producer Lina Flint will serve as executive producers for the Netflix remake. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) will direct, with a screenplay by Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective). 

Gyllenhaal, together with business partner Riva Marker, first acquired the rights to Den skylidge in 2018. “We saw The Guilty at Sundance and were blown away. Möller’s film masterfully weaves tension into an acute character study… We are honored to be able to adapt it for American audiences alongside Bold Films,” they said then. 

Deadline announced in November 2020 that Gyllenhaal will be joined by Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, Riley Keough, Paul Dano, and Edi Patterson for the remake.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Fuqua revealed that he had to direct the cast remotely while in a van since a close contact of his tested positive for coronavirus. But the director said that it was an “exciting” experience to finish the project.

“Watching Jake pull off his performance was difficult in the best way. Acting is also listening, but the difficulties of having to perform under COVID and the technical challenges was a challenge that Jake handled beautifully,” he said.

The Guilty is set to stream on Netflix beginning October 1. – with reports from Jana Torres/

Jana Torres is a Rappler intern.

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