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Oscar Isaac stars in the project, which Martin Scorsese is executive producing, reteaming with Schrader, his screenplay writer on 'Taxi Driver' and 'Raging Bull.'
Paul Schrader has locked up casting for The Card Counter, adding Tiffany Haddish Like a Boss, Tye Sheridan Ready Player One and Willem Dafoe The Lighthouse to co-star in the revenge thriller.
Oscar Isaac will play the lead in the original feature as Tell, a would-be card shark living a spartan existence on the casino circuit. A chance meeting with Cirk Sheridan leads to Tell joining forces with him to help carry out a revenge plan against a military colonel Dafoe. With backing from gambling financier La Linda Haddish, the trio goes on the road, from casino to casino, with the unlikely goal of winning a World Series of Poker tournament.
Schrader will direct The Card Counter from his own screenplay. Martin Scorsese will executive produce the project, reteaming with Schrader, who wrote the screenplays for Scorsese's Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead.
Braxton Pope The Take, Lauren Mann Swiss Army Man and David Wulf Inheritance are producing the film with William Olsson as executive producer.
HanWay Films is handling international sales on The Card Counter with David Gonzales of Northside Services and Endeavor Content overseeing the U.S. sale. The project will be shopped to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin this week.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
The raunchy gal-pal comedy “Girls Trip” was a box-office coup for Universal Pictures in 2017, collecting more than $140 million worldwide and spawning meme after meme — including that scene about the many unorthodox functions of a grapefruit. While an official sequel has yet to get the greenlight, with talks of a follow-up dating back to early 2019, Tiffany Haddish recently gave a status update on a possible second film to The Huffington Post from the comforts of quarantine.
Haddish said that she and her co-stars Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Jada Pinkett Smith have been regularly keeping in touch about what shape “Girls Trip 2” could take. Haddish also added that Tracy Oliver, who co-wrote the script for the first film with Kenya Barris, has a treatment ready to go.
“Then it was like, 'Oh, you guys want too much money,'” said Haddish, who broke big after “Girls Trip,” which reportedly earned her an $80,000 payday.
The five actresses had a two-hour Zoom meeting, Haddish said, last week to discuss making the sequel, and said that starting Friday, they’ll meet again to begin chipping away at the script.
“We might decide not to even make it 'Girls Trip,'” Haddish said. “Maybe we'll do a different story just in case no one wants to make 'Girls Trip 2.'”
Haddish currently stars in the recently released Netflix series “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” opposite Octavia Spencer, who plays the titular black hair care pioneer and mogul. While Netflix audiences binge that show during quarantine, Haddish said she’s doing plenty of marathon-watching of her own, including “Tiger King,” “Wild Wild Country,” “Locke & Key,” “I Love Lucy,” and “My Three Sons.”
Otherwise, she said, her shelter-in-place experience is just like everybody else’s. “I got Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime; I've got cable. I have a room that I've got to clean out. I have so many bills that are a year old that I just paid online,” she told HuffPo.
Haddish is also starring in the latest film from Paul Schrader, “The Card Counter,” whose production went on hiatus amid the coronavirus outbreak that has put virtually all of Hollywood on pause. Regarding Haddish, the fast-rising star who's become a favorite of many an auteur, including Paul Thomas Anderson, Schrader said in a recent interview, “I love Tiffany. I've never met her, but I was on the phone with her for an hour. She's a firecracker. It's like talking to a live-wire connection. She's very funny and, of course, she makes you funny. When someone's sharp, that makes you get sharp because you want to keep up. So...
Paul Schrader has taken to social media to slam the producers of his new film for shutting down production after an actor on set tested positive for coronavirus. Deadline was the first to report the news. Schrader had been filming his new film, “The Card Counter,” in Biloxi, Mississippi with cast members Oscar Isaac, Willem Dafoe, and Tiffany Haddish. The movie was five days from finishing principal photography when a member of the cast tested positive for the virus. The actor infected with coronavirus had flown into Biloxi from Los Angeles to shoot just a few scenes in the movie.
“Production halted five days before wrap by my pussified producers because an LA day player had the coronavirus,” Schrader wrote on Facebook. “Myself, I would have shot through hellfire rain to complete the film. I’m old and asthmatic, what better way to die than on the job?”
“The Card Cutter” stars Oscar Isaac as a gambler and former soldier who sets out to help a young man seek revenge on a mutual enemy from their past. The project is Schrader’s first directorial effort since “First Reformed,” which landed him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Schrader took to Facebook over the weekend to share a picture of himself with Isaac and Dafoe on the film’s set, which many found to be a defiant act as the majority of film productions shut down amid the coronavirus outbreak. Now Schrader’s “Card Counter” production will go on an indefinite hiatus until it’s safe to finish the last five days of filming.
Schrader confirmed in January that Haddish and Tye Sheridan were joining the cast right before production. “I love Tiffany,” the writer-director said of the casting. “I've never met her, but I was on the phone with her for an hour. She's a firecracker. It's like talking to a live-wire connection. She's very funny and, of course, she makes you funny. When someone's sharp, that makes you get sharp because you want to keep up. So that's all good.”
Visit IndieWire’s updated list of coronavirus cancellations and delays in Hollywood for a complete list of the all the predictions being affected by the outbreak.
Dream team Abel Ferrara and Willem Dafoe, who most recently collaborated on “Tommaso” and “Pasolini,” have done it again with the upcoming Berlinale premiere, “Siberia.” IndieWire shares the stunning first trailer for the film, which is currently seeking U.S. distribution, below. The film premieres at the Berlin Film Festival on February 24.
Throughout, star Dafoe who recently won an Indie Spirit award for his supporting turn in “The Lighthouse” wanders the nightmares and dreamscapes of the mind. “You’ve destroyed my life,” a woman laughingly tells him, launching Dafoe, whose character is called Clint, on a dark night of the soul across haunting set pieces. The film boasts cinematography from Stefano Falivene, who worked on Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic” and also shot Ferrara’s “Pasolini.”
Here’s the official synopsis of the film, courtesy of the Berlin Film Festival. In short, we’re firmly in Ferrara country here, a world of broken men swirling among trippy images: “A man flees from one world to another that is strange and cold. Furs and fires keep him warm; a cave serves as his shelter. He is a broken man who wants to be alone. But even isolation does not bring him inner peace. Once again, he goes on a journey, this time into the self. He explores his dreams, confronts memories and seeks out visions. The rare encounters with other people are in languages he does not speak, determined by bodies that fascinate him, and by types of love he explores and then loses. His journey becomes a dance with demons, but time and again it flares up: light. In cinema history there have been many attempts to portray the mythical as something intimate, and the radical as a personal journey. But there is only one artist who is as wildly anarchistic, metaphysically mysterious, and at the same time god-obsessed and fanatical about the truth: Abel Ferrara, joining forces here once again with his acting alter ego, Willem Dafoe. While his previous film ‘Tommaso’ explored the way desire plays out in families, in ‘Siberia’ the male ego abandons all semblance of everyday life in a tumultuous montage. To expose and discover himself.”
Ferrara wrote the screenplay with Christ Zois, who most recently penned Ferrara’s 2014 “Welcome to New York.”