The one-time IT Crowd man and publishing Svengali Dean Lerner in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace wowed us all with his terrific debut Submarine (2010), and after a brief stay stateside to join Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and co in The Watch (2012), he's back behind the camera with a film inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1846 novella, The Double.
While many of its finer details are still under wraps, we do know that it tells the story of an insignificant man (Jesse Eisenberg) whose driven almost to a breakdown by the appearance of his doppelganger. We also know that Ayoade intends it to reflect on loneliness and our inherent need to love and be loved.
Judging by the trailer, it's a less whimsical work than Submarine, setting its protagonist's fraying psyche in the kind of claustrophobic and bureaucratic world so beloved of Charlie Kaufman films.
Appearing alongside Eisenberg (The Social Network) are Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland), Wallace Shawn (Toy Story), Rade Šerbedžija (Taken 2), James Fox (Sherlock Holmes) and Yasmin Paige (Submarine).
The Double lands with us in 2014.