Despite my own doubts about his obviously flourishing career, Mark Wahlberg continues to book one role after another. And you know what? I kinda admire his gusto. Though I don't think he really has the chops (at least not yet), I find it interesting that he is approaching his career similarly to that of Leonardo DiCaprio -- young heartthrob-turned--older heartthrob with major Hollywood clout. For that, I've got to hand it to him.
For his next trick, audiences can see him share the screen with John Goodman, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jessica Lange in the high stakes drama THE GAMBLER (in select theaters December 19th). More on the film after the jump:
Jim Bennett (Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award® winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…
Yesterday Paramount released a new trailer. Check it out:
Eh, I've seen enough gambling/casino type crime dramas, but I'd watch Lange on screen any day. Plus, Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) directed THE GAMBLER from William Monahan's (The Departed) script. Which is actually two more pluses.
And in other Mark Wahlberg news, the actor has also signed on to reunite with Will Ferrell in the comedy DADDY'S HOME, also for Paramount. You may remember that the two headlined The Other Guys back in 2010 -- a film of a which I never got the appeal, but I know made tons of money.
DADDY'S HOME reunites some of the comedy team behind the upcoming Horrible Bosses 2-- director Sean Anders and co-writer John Morris. They'll team up with The Other Guys writer Chris Henchy, Adam McKay (who wrote Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Tropic Thunder writer Etan Cohen. Which means this will probably be frat boy silly. The film is expected to begin shooting later this year. Here's more on it:
Well, of these two projects, I'd have to go with the former as one that is more likely to get my attention. What do you think?