Jake Gyllenhaal-Naomi Watts Drama ‘Demolition’ Set for 2016 Release

Jean-Marc Vallée’s newest film will premiere in April, setting clear awards path for Gyllenhaal’s roles in “Southpaw” and “Everest”

Jean-Marc Vallée’s next film “Demolition” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts has been set for an April 8, 2016 release, Fox Searchlight announced Wednesday.

The release date, taking the movie out of the 2015 Oscar race, sets a clear path for Gyllenhaal to enter the conversation for his buzzed-about starring roles in the boxing drama “Southpaw” and true-life survival film “Everest,” both of which are locked in for release this year.

“Demolition” follows Davis (Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, who’s struggling after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law Phil (Chris Cooper) to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel.

What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions.

Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep Karen (Watts) and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection.

With the help of Karen and her son Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.

“Demolition” is produced by Lianne Halfon, Russ Smith, Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill, Sidney Kimmel and Vallée, and will be released on April 8, 2016.