John Goodman Joins Mark Wahlberg for Rupert Wyatt's 'The Gambler'
With Mark Wahlberg and Brie Larson already slated to star in the Paramount Pictures remake of The Gambler from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt, the supporting cast is filling out rather nicely. Jessica Lange is playing Wahlberg's mother while Michael K. Williams also has a role in the film. Now The Wrap has learned that John Goodman is taking a role in the film about a UCLA literature professor with a gambling problem who runs afoul of gangsters, until borrowing from his girlfriend and mother eventually gets the gangsters after the ones he loves, putting himself and his loved ones in danger.
Goodman finished the year strong with an odd but fantastic turn in the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, and we'll see him in George Clooney's The Monuments Men next month as well. But in The Gambler, Goodman will play a Jewish loan shark, one of the people to whom Wahlberg finds himself owing money. While the original film by James Toback was inspired by his own life, the new script comes from The Departed writer William Monahan. We're hoping the film isn't just a generic game of cat and mouse, and since Monahan made the police thriller genre interesting with The Departed, that shouldn't be a problem.