Gemma Arterton Takes Gamble on 'Runner Runner' with Timberlake
It's possible that British actress Gemma Arterton has a wealth of talent, but I think it's safe to say we haven't seen it yet. So far, she's best known for looking beautiful in thankless roles in big budget action movies like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Clash of the Titans, and Quantum of Solace, and she hasn't been given many opportunities to break out from the typical "love interest" parts she's been playing. Add one more to the pile, since Variety reports that she'll be the object of Justin Timberlake's affection in Runner Runner, the upcoming gambling thriller starring Ben Affleck and Anthony Mackie. More below!
The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman is directing Runner Runner, which stars Timberlake as a Princeton student who is cheated out of his tuition playing online poker. He finds out the website he used is hosted from a remote island location and confronts Affleck's character, who runs the whole thing. But Timberlake is soon lured into being Affleck's right-hand man, while an FBI agent (Mackie) tries to use him to bring Affleck down. The script was written by Rounders writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien, so this should be an interesting thematic follow-up to that project considering this is a more modern tale about gambling online. I'm not expecting much from Arterton, but she has a lead role in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters next year alongside Jeremy Renner, so perhaps that will be a better look at her talent. Thoughts?