Variety posted casting news regarding George Hickenlooper’s new film Casino Jack saying Kevin Spacey has signed on to star as the title character, disgraced Washington power broker Jack Abramoff. However, a trip over to IMDB reveals this must be old news and they even have several more names attached to the project.
The true story-based thriller was written by Norman Snider and will feature Spacey as the once high-powered lobbyist whose bribery schemes and fraudulent dealings with Indian casinos ultimately landed him in prison.
Filming is set to begin this month in Toronto, which leads me to believe the names on IMDB may actually be correct, but considering the site’s track record on films in production take the following bit of news as rumor until otherwise confirmed.
IMDB lists Hayden Christensen, David Cross, Christian Campbell, Christian Campbell and Jeffrey R. Smith as members of the cast. Christensen is listed as playing Michael Scanlon, a former communications director for Rep. Tom DeLay, lobbyist, and public relations executive who has plead guilty to corruption charges and is currently assisting in the investigation of his former partners Jack Abramoff, Grover Norquist (Smith) and Ralph Reed (Campbell) by separate state and federal grand jury investigations into lobbying performed for Indian tribes running casino gambling businesses.
Cross is rumored to be playing Adam Kidan, a former business associate of Abramoff, who partnered with Abramoff in the purchase of SunCruz Casinos. Kidan pleaded guilty to conspiracy and fraud in connection with these business dealings.
Finally, Garrett is listed as playing Tom DeLay, a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Sugar Land, Texas. He was House Majority Leader 2003â€“2005, when his high profile legal problems forced him to step down. DeLay was named but not convicted.