Jake Gyllenhaal will follow in his older sister Maggie’s footsteps when he makes his Broadway debut later this season in the play “Constellations,” which is scheduled begin preview performances Dec. 16 in a production by the Manhattan Theatre Club.
For a brief period, the sibling actors will be on Broadway at the same but in different plays. Maggie Gyllenhaal is slated to star in a revival of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing,” running from early October to Jan. 4 in a production from the Roundabout Theatre Co. at the American Airlines Theatre.
“Constellations,” by Nick Payne, was seen in London with a cast that included Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins. The play revolves around an ambiguous relationship between a beekeeper and a physicist. The Broadway opening is set for Jan. 13. No casting has been announced for the play’s female lead.
Two years ago, Jake Gyllenhaal starred in an off-Broadway production of Payne’s “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet” at the Roundabout.
The actor has appeared in other theatrical productions, including a London staging of Kenneth Lonergan’s “This Is Our Youth” in 2002.
Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal appeared together on screen in “Donnie Darko,” in which they played siblings. They starred as adolescents in the 1993 movie “A Dangerous Woman,” which was directed by their father, Stephen, and scripted by their mother, Naomi Foner.
[Updated: A previous version of this post had an incorrect spelling of writer Naomi Foner’s name.]