First Look: Mark Wahlberg Bets in Awards Contender 'The Gambler'
One of the films sneaking up on awards season this winter is The Gambler from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt. It's a remake of the 1974 drama of the same name about a college professor (Mark Wahlberg) with an unhealthy gambling addiction that puts his girlfriend (Brie Larson) and mother (Jessica Lange) at risk. Believing Wahlberg as an inventor in Transformers: Age of Extinction was tough, but the actor shrunk down 60 pounds to look like a legitimate teacher, and we have a first look at the film. Just like our glimpse at American Sniper came out of nowhere, expect the first trailer very soon. Look!
Here's the first photos from Rupert Wyatt's The Gambler from USA Today:
The Gambler is directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Escapist) and written by William Monahan (The Departed, Edge of Darkness). The film follows a UCLA literature professor (Mark Wahlberg) with a gambling problem who runs afoul of gangsters, until borrowing from his girlfriend (Brie Larson) and mother (Jessica Lange) eventually gets the gangsters after the ones he loves, putting all of them in danger. John Goodman, Michael K. Williams and Richard Schiff also star in the film which Paramount Pictures has given a last-minute, awards season qualifying release on December 19th later this winter.