Ever the multi-talented chameleon, Jake Gyllenhaal is hanging up his boxing gloves and heading to the stage. The 34-year-old actor has signed on to make his musical theater debut in the beloved musical “Little Shop of Horrors” at New York City Center’s Encores! Off-Center this July.
Gyllenhaal will star as florist shop worker Seymour, who’s head-over-heels for his co-worker Audrey, who will be played by the actress who originated the role, Ellen Greene. “Saturday Night Live” star Taran Killam will take on the role of crazy and sadistic dentist Orin, and Chuck Cooper will voice the villainous singing plant who feasts on human blood.
After a string of darker films like “Nightcrawler” and “Prisoners,” — as well as the upcoming boxing flick “Southpaw” — this is a return to form of sorts for Gyllenhaal, who kicked off his career with “nerdier” roles in “October Sky,” “Bubble Boy,” and “Donnie Darko.”
Gyllenhaal recently made his Broadway debut in the play Constellations, so he’s no stranger to the stage. But we’re definitely eager to find out what happens when the music kicks in. Thankfully, these six examples prove he CAN in fact carry a tune.
In 2001 he performed a hilarious, howling version of the “Land of the Lost” theme in “Bubble Boy.”
Jake showed off his rocker alter ego AND he even played guitar.
At the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, he and Zooey Deschanel teamed up for a duet of “That’s Entertainment.”
AND they danced.
He flaunted his falsetto at the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2006, busting out a few bars of the Bee Gees’ “Night Fever.”
Apparently we have Jamie Foxx to thank for this.
During his “Saturday Night Live” monologue in 2007, he absolutely slayed a version of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from “Dreamgirls.”
This performance was the definition of “total commitment,” as Jake donned a wig, showed off his insane biceps in a sparkly dress, and gave Jennifer Hudson some stiff “diva of the year” competition.
He adorably sang a lullaby during an ABC News interview in 2010.
In perhaps the most serious display of singing on this list, Gyllenhaal crooned a song called “The Fox,” which he said his dad used to sing him as a bedtime song. Cue the tears.
In 2012’s “End of Watch,” he and Anna Kendrick jammed out to Cam’Ron’s “Hey Ma.”
There needed to be a longer version of this, TBH.
So don’t worry, everyone — Jake’s totally got this.