The game is a third-person shooter that’s set in a dystopian New York City following a smallpox pandemic. Gyllenhaal will play an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division, commonly referred to as ‘The Division’, who investigates the nature of the outbreak and combats the criminal activity that springs up in its wake. It hasn’t been revealed exactly who Chastain will play.
Ubisoft must think they’ve got a good chance with a movie version, as the game is their fastest selling title of all time, reportedly shifting $330 million worth of copies in just five days. It is part of the company’s attempts to turn the reputation of videogame-to-movie titles around, with high-profile films such as Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender and Splinter Cell starring Tom Hardy also in the works.