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Brie Larson Up for Female Lead in 'The Gambler' with Mark Wahlberg

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October 17, 2013

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Last month, we learned that Rise of the Planet of the Apes director was taking on Paramount Pictures' remake of The Gambler, the 1974 crime drama following a UCLA literature professor with a gambling problem who runs afoul of gangsters. Mark Wahlberg was circling the lead at the time, and it appears he's still on board as Deadline has word on a fantastic female lead for the film. Brie Larson, likely best known for her role in 21 Jump Street and generating buzz for her performance in the indie Short Term 12, is currently in early talks to star beside Wahlberg in the film from The Departed writer William Monahan.

The original film follow the professor as he struggles with his gambling addiction, until his borrowing from his girlfriend and mother eventually gets the gangsters going after the ones he loves, putting himself and his loved ones in severe danger. Jessica Lange is supposedly being eyed for a role as well, likely Wahlberg's mother. Both would be a great addition to the cast, especially with Larson on the verge of a huge breakthrough coming off a great supporting turn in The Spectacular Now, not to mention winning Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival for Short Term 12. We hope a deal is finalized soon. Sound good?

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