Bruce Willis will star in <strong><em>Lay the Favorite</em></strong>, Take the Dog for Focus Features
Bruce Willis has signed onto star in Lay the Favorite, Take the Dog for Focus Features. Justin Timberlake, Rebecca Hall, and Catherine Zeta-Jones are also circling roles in the project.

Lay the Favorite, Take the Dog is based on the memoir by Beth Raymer, which chronicles her rise from a Las Vegas cocktail waitress to a top sports bookmaker. Bruce Willis will play Dink Heimowitz, an ex-New York bookmaker who mentors Raymer (Rebecca Hall) in the sports gambling business. Justin Timberlake will play Rosie, a Long Island bookie with a massive operation which Raymer used to work for. Catherine Zeta-Jones will play Tulip, Dink Heimowitz's wife.

Stephen Frears is directing Lay the Favorite, Take the Dog from a script by D.V. DeVincentis, which is adapted from Beth Raymer's book.

Production is scheduled to begin in April.