The Division movie is official, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain to star

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A film adaptation of The Division is officially in the works, publisher Ubisoft announced today.

Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the company’s film and television division (sorry, not sorry), are making the film with actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain set to star. Details regarding who is writing or directing the film are unconfirmed at this time, but both Gyllenhaal and Chastain’s production companies, Nine Stories and Feckle Films respectively, are signed on to, well, produce.

Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Gerard Guillemot said in the announcement: “We are excited to collaborate with Jessica and Jake, two of Hollywood’s most talented actors  and perfect creative collaborators to help bring Tom Clancy’s The Division to the big screen.”

This isn’t the first time Jake Gyllenhaal has been involved in a film version of a Ubisoft game, having played the lead role in 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Pictured here alongside Ben Kingsley and RICHARD “JEFF FROM COUPLING” COYLE!!!

The plot of film is yet to be confirmed, but the game centred around a viral outbreak on American consumerist apocalypse day (aka Black Friday) turning New York City into a desolate wasteland. Player control a member of a group known as “The Division” whose task it is to bring order to the city, as well as investigate the source of the outbreak and find a way to reverse it. Having played through The Division, I wouldn’t have said story was its strong suit, but then again that’s probably because I was too busy chatting with my team-mates while we slaughtered countless street gangs made up of the underprivileged youth and lower class workers. Perhaps the movie removing the multiplayer, interactive elements will give the whole thing a lot more focus.

No release window has been given for The Division film, but Ubisoft’s next film project, Assassin’s Creed, is hitting cinemas this December. It stars Michael “The Fass” Fassbender, and the trailer looks kind of cool.

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