Jake Gyllenhaal has been revealed as the star of a forthcoming movie adaptation of the record-breaking video game ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’, continuing Hollywood’s newly-discovered enthusiasm for turning home entertainment games into cinema blockbusters.

According to a report in Variety, the 35 year old actor will also be a producer on the project. It will be his second role in a video game adaptation after 2010’s Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, which it technically the most successful such adaptation in worldwide movie history despite the critical slaughtering it received upon release.

Jake GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal has reportedly signed up to appear in 'Tom Clancy's The Division' movie

‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ is the highest-selling product by gaming giant Ubisoft, after it made £229 million within five days of its release back in March this year. It is a third-person shooter game based in New York City during the outbreak of a virus, with the player taking on the role of an investigator while avoiding the fallout of lawlessness and criminality.

There’s neither a writer nor director attached to the project as yet, despite the landing of a bona-fide Hollywood A-lister for the film.

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There’s been a recent upsurge in the number of high-profile video game adaptations, with Michael Fassbender taking on a similar production and acting role in the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed movie – which is also an Ubisoft product.

The same company is also rumoured to be feeling out the prospect of Tom Hardy starring in a potential 'Splinter Cell' movie, despite that gaming franchise itself being recently mothballed.

The projects will be hoping for a rather better reception than Duncan Jones’ recent Warcraft, which has come in for critical ridicule and looks set to underperform at the box office.

As for Gyllenhaal, he’ll be starring in Tom Ford’s thriller Nocturnal Animals later this year, with Boston Marathon tale Stronger and monster movie Okja with Tilda Swinton scheduled for release in 2017.

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