Oscar Isaac leads the cast of The Card Counter, an upcoming crime-drama written and directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Martin Scorsese films Taxi Driver and Raging Bull and writer-director of 2017 Ethan Hawk film First Reformed, among many other credits).
The trailer has arrived for the film, which has Isaac playing an ex-military interrogator turned gambler who finds himself facing his dark past after meeting a young man (Tye Sheridan) on a mission of vengeance. Tiffany Haddish and Willem Dafoe also star.
As far as trailers go, this one ain’t great – tonally disjointed and, well, kinda dull. But there’s no denying the promising elements here, particularly with Isaac in what could be an interesting, dark role. Plus, there’s the fact that Scorsese is on board as executive producer. Schrader’s resume is one hell of a mixed bag; hopefully The Card Counter finds him hitting aces.
The film will be hitting US cinemas on September 10th and Australian cinemas on December 2nd.
Official synopsis for The Card Counter:
Tell (Isaac) just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk (Sheridan), a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel (Dafoe). Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk. Gaining backing from mysterious gambling financier La Linda (Haddish), Tell takes Cirk with him on the road, going from casino to casino until the unlikely trio set their sights on winning a World Series of poker tournament. But keeping Cirk on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible, dragging Tell back into the darkness of his past.