Jessica Lange to Join Mark Wahlberg in Paramount's Remake of THE GAMBLER
According to Deadline, AMERICAN HORROR STORY star Jessica Lange is set to star opposite Mark Wahlberg in Paramount's upcoming remake of the classic 1974 film THE GAMBLER.
Lange will play Wahlberg's mother, who will take on the role originally made famous by James Caan. The film follows "a college professor whose gambling addiction takes over his life even after his debts lead to some nasty new friends."
The actress has reportedly been in talks to join the film since October.
Lange made her Hollywood debut in John Guillermin's King Kong opposite Jeff Bridges and Charles Grodin, winning a Golden Globe for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture. She then permanently put her name on the map by receiving dual Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations in the same year for her challenging performances in Frances and in Sydney Pollack's memorable comedy Tootsie starring opposite Dustin Hoffman, for which she took home the Oscar for Supporting Actress. In 1994, Lange won her first Oscar for Best Actress in Blue Sky, which she starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones.
Following her previous dynamic performances, Lange amazed audiences with projects such asCountry, which paired her with Frances co-star Sam Shepard, to tell the story of a struggling farmer and his wife. Lange's performance again earned her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Success continued with Sweet Dreams andMusic Box, both which garnered her Academy Award nominations and an additionAl Golden Globe nom for Music Box. In 1996 Lange picked up her first Emmy nomination for the made for TV adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire in which Lange played "Blanche DuBois."
Lange continued to take diverse roles in acclaimed movies which include Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear alongside Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, and Juliette Lewis; Losing Isaiah opposite Halle Barry; Rob Roy with Liam Neeson; and Tim Burton's Big Fish alongside an outstanding ensemble cast including Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, and Helena Bonham Carter. Lange also appeared in Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers starring Bill Murray, in which Lange played a former flame of Murray's character.