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Fresh off an Emmy nomination for his engrossing supporting turn in Netflix’s “Bloodlines,” rising star Ben Mendelsohn is taking his dramatic talents to the big screen in the upcoming gambling drama “Mississippi Grind.” Directed by “Half Nelson” writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and co-starring Ryan Reynolds, the film earned favorable reviews at its Sundance Film Festival premiere earlier this year.
The official synopsis reads: “In this lively, freewheeling road movie, Emmy Award nominee Ben Mendelsohn plays Gerry, a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begins to change when he meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a younger, highly charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him on a road trip to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans. As they make their way down the Mississippi River, Gerry and Curtis manage to find themselves in just about every bar, racetrack, casino, and pool hall they can find, experiencing both incredible highs and dispiriting lows, but ultimately forging a deep and genuine bond that will stay with them long after their adventure is over.”
The film will be available on DirecTV beginning August 13. A24 will release it in theaters on September 25.