Jake Gyllenhaal delivers another fascinating character portrait as he looks for stories on the streets of LA in the dark drama NIGHTCRAWLER.

As Jake Gyllenhaal’s Lou Bloom stares down the lens at us in the trailer for writer Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut NIGHTCRAWLER, he seems confident but then in another moment, not entirely in control. But that doesn’t matter – we’re hooked.

Having penned the likes of sports-gambling drama Two for the Money with Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey, near future robot action piece Real Steel with Hugh Jackman and the latest instalment in the brilliant Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy, Gilroy moves behind the camera to give us what looks like a darkly brilliant, LA-set drama about this singular young man and his journey into the world of freelance crime journalism.

Alongside Gyllenhaal, Gilroy has cast an excellent collection of actors in supporting roles, including Rene Russo (so great to see her back on screen after what seems like ages), Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed and Kathleen York. But it’s Jake Gyllenhaal who once again provides another fascinating, focused character portrait and why he’s simply one of the finest actors working on screen today.

“My motto is – if you wanna win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy a ticket.”

Take a look at the trailer and you’ll see what I mean.