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Leonardo DiCaprio to play The Gambler

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Hot off the presses; Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and William Monathan, the team behind 2006 Oscar Winner “The Departed”, are eyeing a reunite on “The Gambler” a remake of the 1974 flick starring Kenny Rogers James Caan.

You’ll recall that Jimmy Caan was nominated a Golden Globe for his performance as an English teacher and chronic gambler who goes all ‘Seize the Day’ on his slacker students.

The Hollywood Reporter
says :

The studio has set Martin Scorsese to direct and William Monahan to write. Irwin Winkler, who produced the original, will again act as producer of the new film. They are interested in having Leonardo DiCaprio star, but no deal is in place for the actor.

The 1974 movie, an adaptation of the short novel The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, detailed a New York English professor who inspires his students but suffers from a secret gambling addiction. The affliction causes him to extort money from his mother and convince one of his students to shave points in a basketball game.

And with this news, and time getting away from everyone, the long-mooted “Departed” sequel seems even less likely…

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About Alicia Malone

Alicia Malone is a Film Reporter, TV Host, Producer, Writer, Editor, and all around movie geek. She developed her taste for film at a young age, spending many a heady Friday night pajama-clad at the video store, picking out her 7 films for 7 days for $7. Bargain! While at school she created a Film Club, electing herself President. Eventually the School Principal asked her not to get up in assembly to talk about movies anymore.
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