Director Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler at Paramount Pictures has gained Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story”), reports Deadline. She joins a cast that already includes Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson and Leland Orser.
The Gambler is a remake of the 1974 movie starring James Caan as an English professor with a gambling addiction. In the original, Caan’s character falls into debt to the mob for $40,000 but seems to relish the thrill of gambling against the long shot. As a professor of literature at a New York University, he is in over his head, until his mother gives him some money which he quickly tries to increase in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the odds never allow him to win or fully recover, so his future is in the mob’s hands.
Lange will play the mother of Wahlberg’s character in the film.
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