Brie Larson is eyeing a leading role in Paramount Pictures' upcoming The Gambler, Deadline reports. She would join Mark Wahlberg in the Rupert Wyatt film, a remake of Karel Reisz's 1974 original.
First announced just over two years ago, the update of the 1974 film was, at that time, targeted by Martin Scorsese with The Departed's William Monahan providing the screenplay.
The original film starred James Caan as an English professor with a gambling addiction who falls into debt with the mob for $40,000. In over his head, 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 stays in the mob's hands.
Caan received a Golden Globe nomination for best actor for his performance. Lauren Hutton and Paul Sorvino co-starred.
Larson recently starred in The Spectacular Now, Short Term 12 and Don Jon. She can next be seen in writer-director Dan Baron's indie musical comedy, Basmati Blues.