The 38-year-old 'Nightcrawler' actor, known for his diverse range of roles, will make his big screen debut this summer as part of the comic book blockbuster empire. His fans are already looking forward to seeing their idol as the supposed villain Mysterio alongside Tom Holland in 'Spider-Man: Far From Home', but may also have been surprised that the brother of 'The Kindergarten Teacher' star Maggie Gyllenhaal dares to step into the superhero genre. As part of the Sundance Film Festival, the heartthrob, who was born in Los Angeles, explained what made him take the step. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Gyllenhaal said: "It's great. He's a great character. It's one of those things, people have been asking me for years, 'Do you want to do a movie like that? If you were asked, would you?' And my response has always been, especially since I've been at Sundance, that so many of these stories have always been character-driven for many years since I've been coming here, and that's always been my desire to find something in that area that's going to suits my skills as well as my own honesty. And it just so happened to fit the role, so I'm glad people are excited about it."
The 'The Day After Tomorrow' actor has reportedly been offered roles in superhero films for years, but it's only now that a character seems to have challenged him personally. How exactly Gyllenhaal as Mysterio competes against the spider hero Spider-Man can be admired by fans from July 4th this year - when the new Marvel blockbuster starts in German cinemas.