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The Hollywood Reporter

June 28, 2000

Wyle lights up fantasy thriller 'Donnie Darko'

Noah Wyle ("ER") is set to co-star with Jake Gyllenhaal in the dramatic fantasy-thriller feature "Donnie Darko," with first-time writer-director Richard Kelly at the helm. "Darko," budgeted at less than $10 million, is slated to start shooting next month for Adam Fields Prods. and Drew Barrymore's Flower Films. Told through the eyes of a disturbed teenager (Gyllenhaal), "Darko" is said to combine elements of mystical fantasy and science fiction with a teenage romance. Wyle will play the role of a high school physics teacher. Barrymore will take a small role, playing a high school English teacher, and will also executive produce with Flower's Nancy Juvonen. Adam Fields, Sean McKittrick are producing. Pandora, a division of Gaylord Entertainment, will hold worldwide rights to "Darko." Wyle, repped by CAA and attorney Geoffry Oblath, most recently was featured on CBS' "Fail Safe" and last year starred as Steve Jobs in the Showtime feature "Pirates of Silicon Valley." His feature credits include "Can't Stop Dancing," "The Myth of Fingerprints" and 1993's "Swing Kids."