Jake Gyllenhaal has been balancing his resume quite nicely in the last few years, bouncing from drama (Brothers) to big-budget tentpoles (Prince of Persia: The Sands Of Time) to romantic comedies (Love and Other Drugs). It's a nice variety of work, but like most young stars he has long hoped to become a bankable action star. You may or may not know this, but Gyllenhaal was nearly set to take the Spider-Man role from Tobey Maguire when he injured himself on the set of Seabiscuit, making it almost impossible for him to perform the web-slinger's high flying stunts in the 2004 sequel. When Maguire got back into good health in time for the film, Gyllenhaal read for the role of Bruce Wayne in 2005's beloved Batman Begins, but thankfully lost out to Christian Bale. Since then he's tried out for many adrenaline pumping films, landing only last summer's Prince of Persia, which flopped.
But as of late, things have been on the up and up. He got to work with Duncan Jones (Moon) on the sci-fi thriller Source Code, which is due next month, and as of today he could get to play a cop in a new action-drama from Training Day writer David Ayer. Variety claims that the writer-director (who last helmed 2008's Street Kings) is in talks with Gyllenhaal to make End Of Watch together. There aren't many plot details available at this time as Ayer and producer John Lesher are still hashing out the specifics of the production, but the gritty story will center on the friendship between two longtime partners.
I'm not exactly a Gyllenhaal fan, but I think that a lot of his critics have been too harsh on him. There are far worse actors out there getting bigger roles in better films and Jake's actually got the whole package: good looks, the physique of a Hollywood hero, a care-free persona and a bit of talent. I'd watch him play a cop, especially in a David Ayer film (go see Harsh Times if you haven't yet).