Director Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler has added John Goodman to its cast. TheWrap reports that the Inside Llewyn Davis star will join Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, Leland Orser and Jessica Lange for the Paramount Pictures production.
A remake of the 1974 film of the same name, the original stars 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.
Goodman recently lent his voice to last year’s Monsters University and can be seen coming up in George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, which hits theaters February 7.
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