Peter Sarsgaard attending the premiere of Green Lantern on 15th June 2011
"Sarsgaard is not only directing Born to Run, he is writing the script. Acting in it as well would be a step too far. He told Hitfix: We’re going to try to make, you know, a kind of wild dirt magazine sort of version of Born to Run that honors the true free spirit of what a lot of these people are like… I was drawn to it because I wanted to play Caballo Blanco and then I got drawn into directing it and now I don’t feel comfortable [doing both].
Jake Gyllenhaal jogging in The Hollywood Hills on 15th June 2011
With Gyllenhaal frequently spotted running across the Hollywood Hills, sometimes in the ‘barefoot shoes’ made famous by McDougall, one might consider him a definite possibility for the lead (incidentally, he is also about to appear in a celebrity episode of Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls). Chris McDougall himself has contributed to the mystery over which of the actors would feature:
Jake Gyllenhaal attending A U2 Concert in Anaheim, CA on 18th June 2011
They’re keeping that one a bit under wraps for now, but [Jake's] involved. I’m not sure in what sense. But I will tell you that this dude is in unbelievable shape. We went up this mountain pass and this guy just blazed on by.
Sarsgaard is currently looking for funding for Born to Run, which will be produced by Kathy and Frank Marshall. The aim is to shoot through the winter in Sierra Madre, Mexico". Source: www.bleedingcool.com
-What was it like working with Peter Sarsgaard, who plays Dr. Hector Hammond?
-Blake Lively: Peter’s so talented. Seeing him escape into that character — he completely disappeared to the eye when you look at him go through eight hours of prosthetic work. But the way that he would move, the way that he would carry himself as Hector, who’s been infected, it’s so remarkable.
Also, it really spoke a lot about the film that they wanted Peter Sarsgaard for this role. He’s such an interesting actor, but he can also play very dark and sinister in a way that’s a little off, that you can’t quite put your finger on. It’s not obvious. We had very few scenes together, but just being on-set and watching him work when I wasn’t in the scene with him was an incredible learning experience for me. I was just completely fascinated by him. And I’ve always been such a fan of his. Source: www.instyle.co.uk