Briefly: American Horror Story has put all sorts of new heat on Jessica Lange, and now after long deal talks, the veteran actress has landed a role in the remake of The Gambler. She’ll play the mother of Mark Wahlberg’s central character, but as you might expect from Lange, this won’t be some meek caregiver gig. No, the character is described as “rich and ostentatious,” so we’ll probably get to see Lange have some fun.
Wahlberg plays the character originated by James Caan in the 1974 film of the same name, a college professor with a deep gambling addiction that really screws up his life and gets him into debt with the sort of people no one wants to owe money to. Rupert Wyatt is directing from a script by William Monahan, and Brie Lawson is also in film. [Deadline]
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Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
Jason Reitman has worked with some pretty big names over the course of his career, including, most recently, Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. His next film, however, could star a near-total unknown.
The filmmaker has reportedly offered a big role in Men, Women and Children to newcomer Travis Tope. Though the 22-year-old has just one completed feature on his resume at the moment (the 2007 indie Divine Souls), he’s definitely on his way up: Tope is also considering roles in Sacha Gervasi‘s November Criminals and Rupert Wyatt‘s The Gambler. More about all three projects and their potential leading man after the jump.
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Briefly: Brie Larson has been on the rise for a few years, but 2013 has been a big year. Her role in Short Term 12 has proved to be an attention-getter; she’s great in The Spectacular Now, and she was terrific in a minor but important role in Don Jon as well. Those are just three pieces of work that are propelling Larson towards bigger movies, but coming all at once (all were Sundance debuts) has helped build momentum.
Now she’s in talks to join Mark Wahlberg in The Gambler, which is a remake of a 1974 film starring James Caan. We don’t have any details about her role, but casting for the film seems to be coming together, so we might hear more soon. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of The Planet Of The Apes, The Escapist) will direct from a script by William Monahan. [Deadline]
Posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
As filmmakers go, Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, and Rupert Wyatt are pretty damn different. However, they do have one project in common: The Gambler.
A few years back, Scorsese was set to direct the remake of the 1974 film, with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to play the lead. He fell off at some point, and last year The Hangover helmer Phillips entered talks to take over the project. That didn’t pan out either. Now Wyatt and Mark Wahlberg are reportedly eyeing the project. Star Trek 3 it isn’t, but it sounds like an exciting next step for Wyatt nonetheless. Hit the jump for all the details.
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Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Over the past decade, Todd Phillips has built himself a comfortable niche as the director of lucrative R-rated comedies. While he came out of the gate with confrontational documentary Hated, his first non-documentary feature was Road Trip, followed by Old School, Starsky & Hutch, School for Scoundrels, Due Date, and the two Hangover films — three if you count next year’s installment. But it seems the filmmaker’s now eager to try something completely different.
Phillips has just entered talks to direct The Gambler, Paramount’s remake of the 1974 drama starring James Caan. He takes over for Martin Scorsese, who was once attached to helm with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead. More details after the jump.
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The last big news late last week was that The Departed team of screenwriter William Monahan and director Martin Scorsese would remake the 1974 film The Gambler. James Caan starred in the original as a New York English professor who has a serious gambling addition. Thing is, the film wasn’t just any old movie, at least for the screenwriter, James Toback. The script was a particularly autobiographical one, with Caan’s character being a thinly veiled version of Toback himself.
So when Toback learned of the remake the same way most people did — by reading about it on the internet — he was none too happy. (Especially as he is friends with multiple remake participants, including possible star Leonardo DiCaprio.) In his frustration, the writer/director penned a heartfelt letter that gives a rare insight into how the original creator of a film might feel about the remake process. Read More »
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As audiences wait to see what Martin Scorsese has done by moving outside his comfort zone and working with 3D in a family movie, the legendary director is already looking ahead to get back in his comfort zone with a gritty New York drama. He’s currently developing a remake of the 1974 film The Gambler with screenwriter William Monahan. The original film starred James Caan in a Golden Globe nominated performance as a New York English professor, beloved by his students, who wrestles with a serious gambling addition, continually going deeper and deeper into debt. Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to play the role in the remake. There’s more after the break. Read More »