Heroes ‘ Masi Oka Bets on Thriller 21

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“Heroes” star and special effects artist-turned-actor Masi Oka is in talks to play a supporting role in Columbia Pictures’ casino-set thriller 21, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The film is inspired by the true story of a group of men who learned the art of card counting and won millions of dollars gambling. The film is based on Ben Mezrich’s best-seller “Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions.”

Jim Sturgess will star in the long-gestating project, which picked up steam last year when director Robert Luketic dropped out of a big-screen adaptation of Dallas to helm 21. The blackjack tale is scheduled to begin shooting in February in Boston and Las Vegas.

Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca are producing.

Oka is nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as Hiro Nakamura on “Heroes.”

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