Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
George Miller Says He Originally Wanted The Music In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' To Only Come From The Doof Warrior George Miller Says He Originally Wanted The Music In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' To Only Come From The Doof Warrior Stephen King Says Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "Like A Big, Beautiful Cadillac With No Engine Inside It" Stephen King Says Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "Like A Big, Beautiful Cadillac With No Engine Inside It" Review: Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, And More Review: Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, And More Naomi Watts Confirmed For David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival; Tom Sizemore Joins Cast Naomi Watts Confirmed For David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival; Tom Sizemore Joins Cast Watch: Quentin Tarantino Talks 5 Movies To Watch Before 'The Hateful Eight' In 7-Minute Video Watch: Quentin Tarantino Talks 5 Movies To Watch Before 'The Hateful Eight' In 7-Minute Video SAG Award Winners: ‘Spotlight’ Wins Best Ensemble, Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba & Brie Larson Also Score Big SAG Award Winners: ‘Spotlight’ Wins Best Ensemble, Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba & Brie Larson Also Score Big Review: ‘Jane Got A Gun’ Starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton & Ewan McGregor Review: ‘Jane Got A Gun’ Starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton & Ewan McGregor Mel Gibson Gave Nate Parker Advice On Making 'The Birth Of A Nation' Mel Gibson Gave Nate Parker Advice On Making 'The Birth Of A Nation' Paul Schrader Says Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is "A Compendium Of Art House Cliches" Paul Schrader Says Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is "A Compendium Of Art House Cliches" 'Birth Of A Nation' And Beyond: 25 Filmmakers & Actors That Broke Through At The 2016 Sundance Film Festival 'Birth Of A Nation' And Beyond: 25 Filmmakers & Actors That Broke Through At The 2016 Sundance Film Festival The 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 The 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 The 20 Best Films Of 2015 The 20 Best Films Of 2015 The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Comedies Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Comedies Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Terry Gilliam Talks The "Simplistic" Films Of Steven Spielberg, Dumbing Down Of Audiences, 'Don Quixote' Start Date & More Terry Gilliam Talks The "Simplistic" Films Of Steven Spielberg, Dumbing Down Of Audiences, 'Don Quixote' Start Date & More

Joshua Jackson Joins Rebecca Hall & Bruce Willis In Stephen Frears' Gambling Pic 'Lay The Favorite'

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist April 19, 2011 at 1:21AM

Speaking of "Fringe," the show's biggest name, former "Dawson's Creek" star Joshua Jackson, looks to be using his summer hiatus from the show productively. The actor's been something of a fixture on screens for almost two decades now, and is currently doing his best-ever work on the J.J. Abrams-produced sci-fi show, but, outside of his early roles in the "Mighty Ducks" franchise, he's never exactly had a ton of success on the big-screen.
2


Speaking of "Fringe," the show's biggest name, former "Dawson's Creek" star Joshua Jackson, looks to be using his summer hiatus from the show productively. The actor's been something of a fixture on screens for almost two decades now, and is currently doing his best-ever work on the J.J. Abrams-produced sci-fi show, but, outside of his early roles in the "Mighty Ducks" franchise, he's never exactly had a ton of success on the big-screen.

Most of his credits are in low-rent genre fare, in stuff like "The Skulls," "Gossip" and "Shutter," but he's just booked a new job alongside some high-profile names in a project far more promising than any of those. Variety reports that Jackson is in talks for the Stephen Frears-helmed gambling drama "Lay the Favorite," in which he would join the already-signed Rebecca Hall and Bruce Willis.

The project is based on the memoirs of Beth Raymer, who started off as a cocktail waitress in Vegas, before becoming one of the world's top professional gamblers. When she fell in love, however, she started to rethink her lifestyle. Hall will play Raymer, with Willis as Dink Heimowitz, her mentor -- there's no word on Jackson's role, but we assume it would be Hall's love interest. It's most likely the role that Justin Timberlake was previously reported as being in the running for -- there's been no confirmation on his presence, or that of Catherine Zeta-Jones, who was linked to the project at the same time.

We're huge fans of Frears, but he's been on something of a bad run of late, with neither "Cheri" or "Tamara Drewe" being particularly engaging (and the latter in fact being kind of awful). But the subject matter sounds like it'll closer to "The Grifters," still Frears' best work, than either of those films, and the script comes from D.V. DeVincentis, who previously worked with the director on the excellent "High Fidelity," as well as co-writing the script for "Grosse Point Blank." Between the behind-the-scenes talent, and Hall in the lead, this is certainly one we're looking forward to -- filming begins shortly for a 2012 release

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Actresses, Stephen Frears, Lay The Favorite, Bruce Willis, Joshua Jackson, Rebecca Hall


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates