Just a couple of weeks after dropping a cleverly edited teaser, Paramount Pictures has finally issued the first full-length trailer for director Rupert Wyatt’s “The Gambler,” a remake of the James Caan-starring 1974 drama. Academy Award-nominee Mark Wahlberg steps into the lead this time around after shedding 60 pounds to play the part, and while the teaser hinted at all the violent hiccups in store for the titular character, the new trailer provides a more substantial look at the story and the fiery supporting performances from Jessica Lange, John Goodman and Brie Larson.
The official synopsis for the film reads: “Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…”
Will “The Gambler” be a last minute awards contender? We’ll have a better idea when the film world premieres Monday at the AFI Film Festival. Paramount will give the drama a limited release December 19 before a nationwide expansion in January 2015.
Watch the trailer below via Grantland.