Bill Paxton and Rene Russo co-star.

‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ and ‘Four Lions’ star Riz Ahmed has scored a role alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut ‘Nightcrawler.’

Co-starring Bill Paxton and Rene Russo, the dark thriller follows a driven young man (Gyllenhaal) who discovers the nocturnal world of L.A. freelance crime journalism.

TheWrap has Ahmed taking the role of Gyllenhaal’s driver and protege.

Ahmed will next be seen starring alongside Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall in the John Crowley-directed thriller ‘Closed Circuit’ when it arrives in Irish cinemas November 1st.