Actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan have been roped in to star in “Wildlife”, which marks the directorial debut of actor Paul Dano.

Based on the Richard Ford novel of the same name, the story of the film tells the tale of a boy who witnesses his parents’ marriage falling apart after his mother finds another man, reports

“Paul is a natural born storyteller — a force. We are thrilled to collaborate with him and these phenomenal actors to bring his exquisite vision for this film to life,” said Andrew Duncan and Alex Saks from June Pictures — the production banner backing the project.

“In Richard’s book I saw myself and many others. I have always wanted to make films — and have always known I would make films about family,” Dano said.

“I couldn’t be happier to have such beautiful collaborators like Carey and Jake leading the way,” he added.

This will be the first time Mulligan and Gyllenhaal will be sharing screen space together.