Has Mark Wahlberg found one of his defining roles in The Gambler? Working with director Rupert Wyatt to remake the 1974 film in which James Cann played a college professor with a big gambling addiction, Wahlberg looks more dialed-in to a role than he has in quite some time. The first red-band trailer/clip from the film was compelling, as it showed us a tense conversation between Wahlberg’s cash-poor gambler and a loan shark played by John Goodman. In this Gambler trailer, we see a lot more of the characters played by Jessica Lange, Michael K. Williams and Brie Larson, and in particular we get to see Wahlberg looking like he coolly owns this role.
The Gambler opens on December 19. Trailer via GrantLand.
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