Mark Wahlberg stars as Jim Bennett, a literature professor with a gambling problem that eventually lands him in trouble with the mob. Brie Larson, Michael K. Williams, John Goodman and Jessica Lange co-star.
Based on screenwriter James Toback’s own struggles with a gambling addiction, the original 1974 version of the film landed Caan a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. Needless to say, the timing of the world premiere, along with the film’s impending release a month later, suggests that Paramount Pictures, which also distributed the original version, might be hoping Wahlberg can land a similar type of recognition.
Based upon the film written by Toback with a screenplay by Academy Award-winner William Monahan, “The Gambler” is slated to premiere at AFI Fest on November 10 and will open in theaters on December 19.