Indie It Girl Brie Larson Could Star Alongside Mark Wahlberg in ‘The Gambler’

By October 18, 2013

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Though this certainly sounds a bit premature, the news that indie darling Brie Larson could book a big role in a high profile project like the upcoming The Gambler remake signals that the actress is ready to take the leap to more mainstream fare, and that alone is worth reporting.

Deadline Hollywood shares that the Short Term 12 star is in negotiations to play the “female lead” in Rupert Wyatt’s remake of the 1974 James Caan-starring film. Negotiations or not, the outlet also warns that “talks are in a very early stage and details of her role are sketchy,” so this is news that should be taken as a possibility, not a probability (gambling joke, gambling joke).


If Larson does take on the part, she’ll be acting alongside box office draw Mark Wahlberg (as that eponymous gambler) and possibly also Jessica Lange, who is also rumored for a role in the remake. In the original film, Lauren Hutton played the female lead, “Billie,” and it was one of her first high profile parts, as well.

Larson has had a big year already – her turn in Short Term 12 has been consistently lauded, and she had memorable supporting roles in two Sundance favorites, Don Jon and The Spectacular Now. Larson hasn’t shied away from the mainstream, however, as you may remember her part as the romantic foil to Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street. The Gambler would mark a potentially big leap for the rising star, but not a wholly surprising one.

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