Mark Wahlberg Gets Reckless in ‘The Gambler’ [WATCH VIDEO]

By Rochelle Paula Carino | 2 years ago
Mark Wahlberg Gets Reckless in ‘The Gambler’ [WATCH VIDEO]

Mark Wahlberg graces the big screen for the second time this year as he plays a gambler addict in Rupert Wyatt’s loose remake of the 1974 film “The Gambler.” Read on to know more about the film’s preview.

Earlier this year, Mark Wahlberg was the lead actor in the fourth installment of Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” wherein he played the role of Cade Yeager, a desperate mechanical inventor. Despite the many disappointments the movie etched into numerous film critics, still, the film proved to be the highest grossing film to date with its earnings that reached about $1.1 billion. After keeping his head down from the fame of biological, mechanical entities, he now comes back on-screen and is possibly gunning for an Oscar nomination as he plays the role of Jim Bennett in Rupert Wyatt’s remake of the 1974 film, “The Gambler.”


According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Gambler” revolves around the desperate gambler addict Jim Bennett (Wahlberg), who is supposed to be an average college professor. However, his allure to the world of gamble is much too strong that it caused him the high stake of losing his life. Given the chance to save his own life from the dangerous gangster Neville, played by Michael Kenneth Williams, he goes in search for the loan shark named Frank, who is brought to screen by John Goodman.

If Mark Wahlberg appeared without direction in “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” see him in a more deep chaos for “The Gambler.” Based on Screen Rant’s feature, the actor lost some weight and muscles so he can perfectly play the role of a heavily indebted gambler with no further purpose in life. Joining him in this rowdy but catchy movie is Academy Award-winning actress Jessica Lange, who plays as his mother Roberta; Alvin Ing, who is his trusty creditor Mister Lee; and Brie Larson, who plays as Amy Philips, his college student love interest.

“The Gambler” is helmed by Rupert Wyatt and is based on the screenplay written by Oscar-winning scribe William Monahan. It’s been heavily speculated that the film’s limited theatrical release on Dec. 19, 2014 will serve it the opportunity to be considered for an Oscar nomination alongside Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” and Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper.” Nevertheless, the film opens widely by January 2015.

That concludes our “The Gambler” preview. Keep tabs on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates on upcoming films.

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