In The Gambler, you're going to have to go in with an open mind becuase the first thing you have to believe is that Mark Wahlberg could be an English literature professor.... Got it? Then we'll begin.
The film stars Marky Mark as Jim Bennet, a prof by day and a totally addicted gambler by night. Unsurprisingly, these two lives cross and things get out of hand as he has to lean on his mother (Jessica Lange) for help while balancing an inapproproate relationship with a student (Brie Larson). John Goodman's also in the mix.
Here's the rather upbeat trailer.
It's a remake of the rather dark 1974 flick starring James Caan, and with a new script by William Monahan (The Departed). And the film was originally set to be helmed by Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio. Instead we get Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Senor Wahlberg.
It's not the best trade-off but both are capable of good work, though nothing on the level of the best of Marty and Leo. This version also looks a little cheerier than the original, which was based on screenwriter James Toback's real-life struggles with gambling and addiction.
Here's a scene from the 1974 version which you can see plays out a bit differently in the remake.
The Gambler is in cinemas in the States in January 2015 and arrives in Ireland and the UK in May 2015.