Ryan Reynolds Taking Over 'Mississippi Grind' from Jake Gyllenhaal

June 28, 2013

Ryan Reynolds

Late last summer, Jake Gyllenhaal was linked to Mississippi Grind, the story of a younger gambling addict who teams up with a down-on-his-luck gambler with crippling debt and takes a trip through the South with the hopes of winning back all that has been lost. However, the actor has now fallen away from the project, and now Deadline reports Ryan Reynolds is taking the lead in the film from Half-Nelson duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck writing and directing. This could be exactly what Reynolds needs if R.I.P.D. fails miserably, especially following the not-so-well-received comic book adaptation of Green Lantern.

Ben Mendolsohn, the Australian actor who has turned in a number of solid supporting performances in the likes of Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Place Beyond the Pines, is still on board to play the other gambler, and this should make for an interesting pairing for a film that could easily make the rounds at some film festivals next year. Boden and Fleck really helped Ryan Gosling show his acting prowess with Half-Nelson, so maybe this film will help Reynolds revitalize his acting career a bit.

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