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‘The Gambler’ Remake Starring Mark Wahlberg to World Premiere at AFI Fest

'The Gambler' Remake Starring Mark Wahlberg to World Premiere at AFI Fest

Rupert Wyatt’s remake of the 1974 James Caan drama “The Gambler” will have its world premiere at AFI Fest next month, the festival announced.

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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.

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