The Gambler Opens in December

The Gambler Gets Its Hollywood Release in December

The Gambler

Mark Wahlberg may not be everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to his highly criticized form of acting. However, his new film ‘The Gambler’, a remake of the 1974 film written by James Toback, has been gaining quite a few column inches leading up to its December release date.

The film, which also stars John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jessica Lange and Michael K. Williams, premiered at this month’s AFI Fest. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, Wahlberg plays an English professor with a penchant for high-stakes gambling. The Gambler will get it first screening at cinemas in the NoHo Arts District on December 19, the same date the film will be screened across the rest of the United States.

Initially there was talk that this would be a Martin Scorsese-directed film and, if reports are correct, Leonardo Di Caprio was pegged to take the leading role, and not Wahlberg. However, after settling on its final lineup, Paramount Pictures set out to film the remake on the screenplay written by William Monahan.

The film taps into the recent surge of like-minded films that have explored the inner-workings of casinos and poker in the movie industry. Yes, we’ve seen classics such as Casino starring Robert De Niro and Rounders, arguably one of the best poker films of all-time that gained much notoriety over the years.

But, most recently there was the release of 2013’s Runner Runner starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck that depicted the world of Internet poker. Ever since the first online wagering portal was launched in the late 90s through InterCasino, many filmmakers have been fascinated with this billion-dollar industry and have sought to source information about this intriguing world.

Although the film itself received mixed reviews by movie hacks worldwide, it touched on many interesting points, that could well have accelerated the production of The Gambler. Now with plenty of momentum behind the film, Paramount is preparing to get ready to release one of its biggest pictures of 2014. Keep checking our blog section of the NoHo website for further information on screening times.

Watch the trailer for the movie here: {youtube}A8rCHUjjqnU{/youtube}

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