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Jessica Lange joins Mark Wahlberg in Rupert Wyatt's remake of The Gambler

Dec. 20, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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It was only a matter of time before Jessica Lange's career renaissance brought her to a big movie. Aside from her three amazing roles on AMERICAN HORROR STORY, Lange has only had two film roles: a supporting turn in THE VOW and the upcoming erotic thriller IN SECRET. Once again cast as someone's mother, Lange will join the cast of Rupert Wyatt's remake of THE GAMBLER.

THE GAMBLER is based on the short story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and specifically on the 1974 film version that starred James Caan and Lauren Hutton. This will mark Rupert Wyatt's first film since RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Mark Wahlberg will star and Brie Larson is in discussions for a role as well.

Wahlberg will reprise the role James Caan played in the original of a college professor whose gambling addiction takes over his life even after his debts lead to some nasty new friends.

The original movie was scripted by James Toback who has been critical of remaking the movie, but the 1867 source story has been filmed several times. I don't know if they will be going for a similar tone to the Caan version, but Wahlberg will definitely have some interesting exchanges with Jessica Lange as his mother in the film. Lange herself is a two-time Oscar winner (Supporting Actress for TOOTSIE, Best Actress for BLUE SKY) and deserves another shot at a trophy, especially after how great she has been on the small screen.

THE GAMBLER has no release date yet but stay tuned for more developments.

Extra Tidbit: I was almost hoping this was going to be a movie version of the Kenny Rogers song.
Source: Deadline

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9:30AM on 12/22/2013

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maybe rewatch season 2. She's like, 13 different people in that story. :)
maybe rewatch season 2. She's like, 13 different people in that story. :)
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3:17PM on 12/21/2013
Am I the only one that thought of Kenny Rogers song and tv movie?
Am I the only one that thought of Kenny Rogers song and tv movie?
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10:14PM on 12/20/2013
I had no idea she had won two Oscars already.

And she makes American Horror Story. Without her, the show wouldn't be what it is today.
I had no idea she had won two Oscars already.

And she makes American Horror Story. Without her, the show wouldn't be what it is today.
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7:24PM on 12/20/2013
Has it really been three roles she already played on American Horror Story?
It felt like one and the same given that her manerisms and basic characteristics are the same every season. But that critique aims more towards Ryan Murphy's redundant writing than her acting chops. Good to see she is going to do something else before her involvement in AHS becomes completely tedious
Has it really been three roles she already played on American Horror Story?
It felt like one and the same given that her manerisms and basic characteristics are the same every season. But that critique aims more towards Ryan Murphy's redundant writing than her acting chops. Good to see she is going to do something else before her involvement in AHS becomes completely tedious
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11:54AM on 12/21/2013
I'm sorry, but that seems completely off-base...her characters, specifically Sister Jude and Fiona Goode, have all been so radically different in voice, affectations, mannerisms, etc.
Lange is on a par with Streep, as a completely mesmerizing actress who is able to slip inside a radical character and make them complex and humane. Her work in "AHS" (to be particular, "Asylum") is some of the best I've seen on Television in years.
Murphy can receive copious amounts of criticism--he deserves a
I'm sorry, but that seems completely off-base...her characters, specifically Sister Jude and Fiona Goode, have all been so radically different in voice, affectations, mannerisms, etc.
Lange is on a par with Streep, as a completely mesmerizing actress who is able to slip inside a radical character and make them complex and humane. Her work in "AHS" (to be particular, "Asylum") is some of the best I've seen on Television in years.
Murphy can receive copious amounts of criticism--he deserves a healthy dose of it--but Lange has brought nothing but accolades to "AHS"...and it's because of her, really, that Kathy Bates has joined the ensemble.
6:04PM on 12/20/2013
Still the most gorgeous actress around
Still the most gorgeous actress around
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5:44PM on 12/20/2013

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You damn right. We all did.
And no director should be shooting their mouths off laying claim to the work of Dostoevsky.
You damn right. We all did.
And no director should be shooting their mouths off laying claim to the work of Dostoevsky.
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